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Chris Columbus says the new Gremlins and Goonies are reboots, not sequels

07.20.2015

It has been an on-again, off-again process for the new GREMLINS and GOONIES movies. For years we have heard that new entries were being developed for both films and nothing has quite happened. Even though the GREMLINS film seems much farther along than THE GOONIES, both are films that would excite a wide fan-base of people who grew up with both movies. Others will be mad no matter what anyone does. But, it looks like there is at least one person from the original movies involved with the new chapters in each franchise.

Chris Columbus, screenwriter on both GREMLINS and THE GOONIES, spoke with ScreenCrush about the status of both projects which he says are in "heavy development".

The stuff that I’m involved with — the Gremlins and Goonies reboots, for instance — they would do that without me. So, I’m staying involved just so I can be protective and actually protect what people love about those movies so it doesn’t go off track.

We know for a fact that Joe Dante is not returning in any capacity for GREMLINS and that while Richard Donner has been vocal in bringing back the original cast for a new GOONIES, that is appearing unlikely now that Columbus has used the dreaded word reboot.

With both of these films in development hell for decades, we may never see either come to fruition, but Columbus also said it is a very slow process and he doesn't see either film happening any time soon. As time drags on, it seems less feasible to bring the original stars back, even in a cameo capacity. But, it has been three decades since Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill played their iconic roles, so you can never rule it out completely. I just hope that when these movies do happen they are handled well.

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4:46PM on 07/22/2015
You know when you go into an apartment building and you smell the other people's cooking on each floor and you go "What are they cookin'?" That, plus crap!
You know when you go into an apartment building and you smell the other people's cooking on each floor and you go "What are they cookin'?" That, plus crap!
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6:16PM on 07/20/2015
Yes reboots, because we all know how successful all of those 80s remakes have been (Robocop, Total Recall, Arthur, About Last Night, Poltergeist) Who are these people that prefer remakes over sequels?
Yes reboots, because we all know how successful all of those 80s remakes have been (Robocop, Total Recall, Arthur, About Last Night, Poltergeist) Who are these people that prefer remakes over sequels?
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6:06PM on 07/20/2015
A Gremlins reboot makes more sense than a Goonies one. You can go either horror or comedy with the Gremlins. Way too many YA adaptations similar to The Goonies now that it seems pointless & redundant.
A Gremlins reboot makes more sense than a Goonies one. You can go either horror or comedy with the Gremlins. Way too many YA adaptations similar to The Goonies now that it seems pointless & redundant.
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2:57PM on 07/20/2015
Well at least they have to bring back Gizmo in the reboot because they won't have any Gremlins otherwise! As for Goonies, I want nothing to do with a new one if they don't bring back the original cast and have them looking for One-Eyed Willie's ship again, wherever it ended up sailing off to.
Well at least they have to bring back Gizmo in the reboot because they won't have any Gremlins otherwise! As for Goonies, I want nothing to do with a new one if they don't bring back the original cast and have them looking for One-Eyed Willie's ship again, wherever it ended up sailing off to.
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12:34PM on 07/20/2015
All I want is to see Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, maybe Corey Feldman and Martha Plimpton as a married couple (might be even funnier if they're divorced, hint at his substance abuse), and the rest of the gang, (RIP Sloth), just for a moment. Shit, they could do a Funny or Die for all I care. Make it like Grown Ups. Or maybe their kids wind up as the next generation. Might require a real suspension of disbelief. The fact a lot of these guys are still-working (Broling in particular, I can't believe
All I want is to see Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, maybe Corey Feldman and Martha Plimpton as a married couple (might be even funnier if they're divorced, hint at his substance abuse), and the rest of the gang, (RIP Sloth), just for a moment. Shit, they could do a Funny or Die for all I care. Make it like Grown Ups. Or maybe their kids wind up as the next generation. Might require a real suspension of disbelief. The fact a lot of these guys are still-working (Broling in particular, I can't believe that was Brand). Just, let's see an on-screen blessing for the next generation. That's all I really want. I figure Astin wouldn't be hard to get, but some of the others might.
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12:03PM on 07/20/2015
I love it when people call a reboot a "new entry in the franchise", that's like saying you're adding to a book with white out. People will watch the movies they want, but to pretend that a reboot will make the original fans excited is more than a little generous. Using the "Haters gonna hate" philosophy as a way to dismiss criticism is no guarantee of a high gross in the box office either. Maybe the movie will be good, but rebooting something that was done right the first time is hardly a
I love it when people call a reboot a "new entry in the franchise", that's like saying you're adding to a book with white out. People will watch the movies they want, but to pretend that a reboot will make the original fans excited is more than a little generous. Using the "Haters gonna hate" philosophy as a way to dismiss criticism is no guarantee of a high gross in the box office either. Maybe the movie will be good, but rebooting something that was done right the first time is hardly a promise of success.
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11:20AM on 07/20/2015
We don't know that they'll be HARD reboots, like Ghostbusters. "Reboot" is now an all-encompassing term that is used pretty loosely. For example: Star Trek 09, Jurassic World, Terminator Genisys, Vacation, and many others are oft considered reboots but they are absolutely sequels. Heck, even some "remakes" like Evil Dead are technically sequels. So lets just wait and see. Personally I bet that both will be continuations of the originals.
We don't know that they'll be HARD reboots, like Ghostbusters. "Reboot" is now an all-encompassing term that is used pretty loosely. For example: Star Trek 09, Jurassic World, Terminator Genisys, Vacation, and many others are oft considered reboots but they are absolutely sequels. Heck, even some "remakes" like Evil Dead are technically sequels. So lets just wait and see. Personally I bet that both will be continuations of the originals.
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1:26PM on 07/20/2015
You're right. "Reboot" means "Not the same universe"; not "Same with universe but with different actors and released decades later." EVIL DEAD is an exception because it was marketed as a remake. It being a sequel was meant to be a surprise.
You're right. "Reboot" means "Not the same universe"; not "Same with universe but with different actors and released decades later." EVIL DEAD is an exception because it was marketed as a remake. It being a sequel was meant to be a surprise.
10:06AM on 07/20/2015
Sometimes new things are not necessarily better than old ones. Same goes with these new Goonies and Gremlins. I don't have faith in any of those new reboots.
Sometimes new things are not necessarily better than old ones. Same goes with these new Goonies and Gremlins. I don't have faith in any of those new reboots.
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9:27AM on 07/20/2015

they will never have the 80's vibe that is so unique....

they will never have the 80's vibe that is so unique....
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5:07PM on 07/20/2015
Totally agree, Spielberg and Chris Columbus filled our childhoods with some of the best films, the actors, the music, the scenery and the experience it created in screen. Films now are too polished and lack a certain quality - as you say a uniqueness. Some films should just be left ie, goonies, back to the future, home alone, stand by me etc
Totally agree, Spielberg and Chris Columbus filled our childhoods with some of the best films, the actors, the music, the scenery and the experience it created in screen. Films now are too polished and lack a certain quality - as you say a uniqueness. Some films should just be left ie, goonies, back to the future, home alone, stand by me etc
8:39AM on 07/20/2015
Actually I don't see a massive problem with a Gremlins reboot, as long as they don't use CG gremlins (shudders), it could be alright. Would love them to maintain the darker tone of the original rather than the New Batch.
But not Goonies. I just can't see any way that will work. Leave it alone.
Actually I don't see a massive problem with a Gremlins reboot, as long as they don't use CG gremlins (shudders), it could be alright. Would love them to maintain the darker tone of the original rather than the New Batch.
But not Goonies. I just can't see any way that will work. Leave it alone.
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8:39AM on 07/20/2015
I just hope for the Gremlins reboot they use practical effects instead of CGI.
I just hope for the Gremlins reboot they use practical effects instead of CGI.
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