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Joe Dante will not be involved with a Gremlins sequel or reboot

09.03.2014

A few years back we shared some words from GREMLINS director Joe Dante about a possible sequel to his 1984 classic; he basically said he doesn’t think it will happen and he wouldn’t mind seeing someone else take over. We know there’s a push for a new GREMLINS movie, which would be a reboot or sequel set 30 years after the original. But now Dante pretty much put the nail in the coffin when it comes to his involvement with a new movie.

Joe Dante, who directed both the original film and its sequel, admits that he’s not involved:

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.

However, he did say there is a script being written:

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.

Dante also addressed his 1990 sequel:

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.

At the end of the day, I can’t imagine anyone who enjoyed the GREMLINS would want a sequel or reboot; this is obviously going to be for a new audience. So just have it be a remake with THE SMURFS CGI/live-action twaddle for all I care.

What do you guys think? Sequel or reboot? Or nothing without Dante?

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3:10PM on 09/04/2014

"Joe Dante will not be involved with a Gremlins sequel or reboot"

Then neither will I.
Then neither will I.
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9:56AM on 09/04/2014

Get ready for shitty CGI gremlins

Why bother, we already know we are getting horrible CGI gremlins and a plot that will only make the original look more like a classic.
Why bother, we already know we are getting horrible CGI gremlins and a plot that will only make the original look more like a classic.
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9:08AM on 09/04/2014

Remake?

If they did a remake, I would like to see them do it with the original script where Gizmo turns into what became Stripe in the movie, Billy's mom gets beheaded, and all the customers in Burger King gets eaten. My guess is that it would have to be rated R if you go that route.

Am even better idea would be to just start making movies with gremlins like you would make a movie about vampires or witches or ghosts or zombies or any other type of monsters. Gremlins and Gremlins 2: The New Batch
If they did a remake, I would like to see them do it with the original script where Gizmo turns into what became Stripe in the movie, Billy's mom gets beheaded, and all the customers in Burger King gets eaten. My guess is that it would have to be rated R if you go that route.

Am even better idea would be to just start making movies with gremlins like you would make a movie about vampires or witches or ghosts or zombies or any other type of monsters. Gremlins and Gremlins 2: The New Batch are my favorite movies bar none, and if Dante isn't involved, there's really no reason to go back to Kingston Falls but then again you don't have to. Make a horror movie that has gremlins as the monsters, or even a comedy like Old School where the gremlins are hanging out at a frat house getting into trouble... Or have them do some crazy shit with the Jackass guys!

There's so many fun things you could do with gremlins that isn't limited to a continuation of the same story or even a remake. The great thing about gremlins is that you never know what to expect from them do. I say whoever is doing another gremlins movie should have fun with it.
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9:57AM on 09/04/2014
You're not being realistic... This is going to be a PG movie, aimed towards kids with horrible CGI Gremlins running around like those retarded yellow things from Despicable Me.
You're not being realistic... This is going to be a PG movie, aimed towards kids with horrible CGI Gremlins running around like those retarded yellow things from Despicable Me.
10:49PM on 09/04/2014
That could work I guess. I just want to see gremlins again whether it's in a comedic or horror capacity, I don't really care... although both would be preferable.
That could work I guess. I just want to see gremlins again whether it's in a comedic or horror capacity, I don't really care... although both would be preferable.
8:29AM on 09/04/2014
This could be good if it's done right. Please don't eff it up. In the second movie the owner of the building see's a model that Galligan's character made of his home town (the same town square used in Back to the Future by the way) he says he want's to build it. That was the perfect, unintentional set up for the reboot craze he had no idea was going to happen 25 years later. It could be the same town, with the same incident, but a new movie. Oh and get Cory Feldman to be in it too. He can be
This could be good if it's done right. Please don't eff it up. In the second movie the owner of the building see's a model that Galligan's character made of his home town (the same town square used in Back to the Future by the way) he says he want's to build it. That was the perfect, unintentional set up for the reboot craze he had no idea was going to happen 25 years later. It could be the same town, with the same incident, but a new movie. Oh and get Cory Feldman to be in it too. He can be the Mayor or Janitor or something.
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9:58AM on 09/04/2014
This will not be done right. Don't get your hopes up for any resemblance to the original.
This will not be done right. Don't get your hopes up for any resemblance to the original.
2:58AM on 09/04/2014
The scene in Gremlins 2 where they tore up the movie's film reel and running away with it was hilarious, and reminds me just how these kinds of clever and creative gags rarely show up in Hollywood anymore. While reboots/unwanted sequels are almost inevitable, It's a damn shame if they can't top that high level of creativity a few decades later.
The scene in Gremlins 2 where they tore up the movie's film reel and running away with it was hilarious, and reminds me just how these kinds of clever and creative gags rarely show up in Hollywood anymore. While reboots/unwanted sequels are almost inevitable, It's a damn shame if they can't top that high level of creativity a few decades later.
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3:21AM on 09/04/2014
Haha, I remember that scene! When I was a kid, I was scared because when they tore up the film reel the whole theater went pitch black and then Hulk Hogan showed up. I was relieved.
Haha, I remember that scene! When I was a kid, I was scared because when they tore up the film reel the whole theater went pitch black and then Hulk Hogan showed up. I was relieved.
2:58AM on 09/04/2014
The scene in Gremlins 2 where they tore up the movie's film reel and running away with it was hilarious, and reminds me just how these kinds of clever and creative gags rarely show up in Hollywood anymore. While reboots/unwanted sequels are almost inevitable, It's a damn shame if they can't top that high level of creativity a few decades later.
The scene in Gremlins 2 where they tore up the movie's film reel and running away with it was hilarious, and reminds me just how these kinds of clever and creative gags rarely show up in Hollywood anymore. While reboots/unwanted sequels are almost inevitable, It's a damn shame if they can't top that high level of creativity a few decades later.
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10:02PM on 09/03/2014
To me, what makes Gremlins 1 & 2 very memorable because those mokwais (I hope I spell correctly) look very real and lifelike. If they decide to make them CGI, not animatronics or even stop motion, I'm going to hate this new movie very much.
To me, what makes Gremlins 1 & 2 very memorable because those mokwais (I hope I spell correctly) look very real and lifelike. If they decide to make them CGI, not animatronics or even stop motion, I'm going to hate this new movie very much.
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9:24PM on 09/03/2014
If they DO remake/Sequel Gremlins, I hope they use practical effects and puppets and use CG for enhancement ONLY. Much like the new Star Wars, as far as we know, going back to what made everything so great was that not everything was CGI. Gremlins NEED puppets, it's part of the whole charm. CGI Gremlins would only do damage.
I love CGI when it is used to enhance certain things or characters but CGI has become the "go to" instead of enhancing the [link] and that's really part of the problem.
If they DO remake/Sequel Gremlins, I hope they use practical effects and puppets and use CG for enhancement ONLY. Much like the new Star Wars, as far as we know, going back to what made everything so great was that not everything was CGI. Gremlins NEED puppets, it's part of the whole charm. CGI Gremlins would only do damage.
I love CGI when it is used to enhance certain things or characters but CGI has become the "go to" instead of enhancing the [link] and that's really part of the problem. It's "well we can just do it in CGI" instead of mixing the two forms.
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2:20AM on 09/04/2014
I think The Thing remake (2011) got both practical effects and CGI right. They go really well together. I can hardly tell which one is practical effect and which one is CGI. But you're right, nowadays it's just CGI for this and that. Practical effects are way better. Even old movies from the 70s - 90s still hold up because of those creative practical effects.
I think The Thing remake (2011) got both practical effects and CGI right. They go really well together. I can hardly tell which one is practical effect and which one is CGI. But you're right, nowadays it's just CGI for this and that. Practical effects are way better. Even old movies from the 70s - 90s still hold up because of those creative practical effects.
11:06AM on 09/04/2014
According to the folks at Amalgamated Dynamics Inc, a lot of the animatronics work that was developed for The Thing was ditched in favour of CGI in post-production, much to their disappointment. [link]!bPEuj1
According to the folks at Amalgamated Dynamics Inc, a lot of the animatronics work that was developed for The Thing was ditched in favour of CGI in post-production, much to their disappointment. [link]!bPEuj1
9:15PM on 09/04/2014
Aw, really? That sucks.
Aw, really? That sucks.
9:15PM on 09/03/2014
Even though I think making a sequel and/or reboot without Joe Dante's involvement is a terrible idea, I would love to see another sequel with both Zach Galligan and Phoebe Cates returning. BUT only with Dante returning. Imagine how cool it would be to see those two back again after so many years only to go up against the Gremlins for one last single time.

But if Dante wants no part of this, don't even bother. The first two (especially the first) are classics.
Even though I think making a sequel and/or reboot without Joe Dante's involvement is a terrible idea, I would love to see another sequel with both Zach Galligan and Phoebe Cates returning. BUT only with Dante returning. Imagine how cool it would be to see those two back again after so many years only to go up against the Gremlins for one last single time.

But if Dante wants no part of this, don't even bother. The first two (especially the first) are classics.
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7:51AM on 09/04/2014
That's not likely in regards to Phoebe Cates. Her last movie was 2001 and before that,1994. She's out of the acting business and runs a boutique now.
That's not likely in regards to Phoebe Cates. Her last movie was 2001 and before that,1994. She's out of the acting business and runs a boutique now.
9:00PM on 09/03/2014
...And neither should anyone else.

Please, for the love of all that is good and holy, don't turn this into an Alvin and the Chipmunks-type abomination. Gremlins succeeded in no small part thanks to the ingenious special effects animatronics and animation work as well as its unflinching mean streak.
...And neither should anyone else.

Please, for the love of all that is good and holy, don't turn this into an Alvin and the Chipmunks-type abomination. Gremlins succeeded in no small part thanks to the ingenious special effects animatronics and animation work as well as its unflinching mean streak.
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