Before you begin drawing together a posse to hunt down anyone involved, we’d caution that nothing is confirmed yet, no deals signed and no details revealed. But according to the team at Vulture, Warner Bros. is negotiating with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment to remake/reboot/re-whatever Gremlins.
And yes, we’ve been here before. There has been chatter about Gremlins sequels and reboots in the past with nothing tangible to show for it. There are also the very real facts that A) original producer Steven Spielberg won’t likely part with the rights except under specific conditions and B) Gremlins is a true classic that doesn’t really need rebooting anyway.
But you knew that people would keep trying, since Gremlins has huge brand name value and is a cool concept. It’s not that a new take on the idea can’t work, and it’s also not as though the original will simply vanish, but it does feel a little superfluous to requirements to do it over.
Given the history on this one, we’ll wait and see whether this story turns out to be true and if it then makes it out of executive meeting rooms before we start pondering the pros and cons too much. But for Gremlins fans, why not take a listen to our podcast with original star Zach Galligan, who even talked about ideas that had floated for a potential Gremlins 3?