Posted on 03 September 2014 by Rich Drees
A year ago came word that Warner Brothers was looking at bringing director Joe Dante’s classic Gremlins back to audiences with a remake of the 1980s horror comedy. Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg were attached to produce the new version.
And then came silence… There was no further word on the project, not even if there had been a writer brought aboard. And if you’re looking for someone to ask what is going on with the Gremlins reboot, don’t ask franchise creator Dante, because he is not involved.
Speaking with IndieWire, Dante explained he is out of the loop on any potential new Gremlins project –
I am not involved with it. It’s something that we hear about every six months for the past five to ten years. I know there have been many attempts to do it. It’s tricky because the rights are jointly owned by Warner Bros and [Steven Spielberg’s] Amblin, so you’ve got to jump through two hurdles to get your idea approved.
Dante also went on to state that this is not the first time that the studio has tried to remake his film and that all the previous attempts have stalled for the same reason.
I know a lot of very well known people have come up with ideas for another ‘Gremlins’ movie and not of them have gone. I do know, however, that there’s a script being written now and the tricky thing is that I’m not sure that the people making the movie now understand what the original appeal was of the first movie, which was not beloved by the studio until it started making money.
When they started making a sequel, they didn’t understand what we had done on the original to make it successful. So they hired me to come back and make the sequel. Because nobody understood it. So it will be very interesting to see what they come up with.
Can Grahame-Smith and Katzenberg succeed where others stumbled? We’ll be watching, but I would like to hear an explanation for why no one has reached out to Dante yet.
Posted on 16 July 2013 by Rich Drees
Warner Brothers is moving forward with their talked about remake of Joe Dante’s 1984 horror comedy Gremlins. The studio has reportedly attached Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg to produce the new version.
While Grahame-Smith and Katzenberg initially teamed to create the MTV comedy series The Hard Times of RJ Burger, but Grahame-Smith is perhaps best known for creating the horror and classic lit mashup genre with the novel Pride And Prejudice And Zombies. Although it is not clear if Grahame-Smith will be working in the remake’s script himself, it should be noted that he wrote Tim Burton’s recent big screen translation of the 1960s gothic horror soap opera Dark Shadows, and given that that film is was particularly bad, I have to admit that I sort of hope he isn’t.
It was first reported that Warners was interested in remaking Gremlins back at the beginning of the year, when the studio entered into negotiations with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment for the rights.
Via Bloody Disgusting.
Posted on 17 January 2013 by Rich Drees
Warners Brothers is currently in negotiations with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment for the remake rights to director Joe Dante’s classic horror-comedy Gremlins.
This isn’t the first time that the studio has approached Amblin about the film rights, but Vulture is reporting that this time “that it might just actually come off this time.” Previous attempts were scuttled over price and the possibility of Spielberg’s involvement, presumably in a producer capacity. Vulture also stated that “A Spielberg spokesman said that the appropriate executives were not available for comment.”
Although a big hit when released in 1984, Dante’s film was criticized in some corners for its level of violence by those who sort of missed the point that it was trying to be a live-action cartoon. The 1990 sequel toned the violence down a bit. In both films, Dante included a number of nods to the classic horror films that he was a fan of.
Why do I have the feeling that much like gremlins themselves, rumors of a new Gremlins film will probably grow out of control if exposed to sunlight, get wet or are fed after midnight?
Posted on 25 January 2010 by Rich Drees
If there is one craze in Hollywood right now that has surpassed reviving old franchises, it is burning desire to film every new feature in 3D. Now, according to a report from MarketSaw, it looks like we’ll get a collision if those two schools of thought with a possible return of Joe Dante’s `80s classic Gremlins to the big screen.
The report is remarkably vague, just that a new Gremlins movie is coming soon and it will be in 3D. That’s it. Nothing about a screenwriter or director being attached to the project or if it will be a retread of the first film or a new installment. Honestly, at this point it could have been two low-level development execs sitting around at lunch spitballing movies that might look good in 3D.
One thing for sure is that the director of the first two films, Joe Dante, won’t be back. He is too busy with his ongoing series of motion capture, computer animated features to want to return to live action. Also, in the past, Dante has said that the charm of the two Gremlins films has been the use of puppetry and animatronics to bring the title creatures to life. I can’t imagine a studio exec going for such an approach today.