The much-maligned Gremlins reboot may be dead in the water… after screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith reveals they’re taking a break.
Although the original Gremlins movie soon became a cult classic, the idea of a big-budget reboot hasn’t exactly been met with enthusiasm. After all, a Gremlins movie featuring CGI monsters very quickly loses its appeal.
And now it looks as though the upcoming reboot may have been put on ice…
During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith revealed that the project has slowly waned… and the studio is putting it on hold for the time being.
“I think we just ran out of steam,” he said. “It’s one of those things where everybody got busy doing other things. It’s something I would love to come back to, but right now Steven’s making two movies back to back and Chris Columbus is busy. We’re all taking a five-minute break on that.”
Of course, the Steven he mentions here is none other than Steven Spielberg… who is currently busy with his Untitled Cold War Thriller as well as gearing towards another big-screen adaptation of ‘The BFG’.
And while Chris Columbus was originally attached to the Gremlins reboot, it looks as though he too may have run out of enthusiasm for the project. And with a busy schedule over the next few years, perhaps everyone involved is trying to find excuses to move on.
The idea behind the new Gremlins movie was to create a sequel-style reboot which picks up from the original films, 30 years later. But would it really make a good film?
It’s already reported that the original Gremlins director Joe Dante was not involved in the sequel/reboot plans… and perhaps that’s one major reason to be disappointed with this film. Perhaps if he was brought in to recapture the feel of the original, it would be another story.
But for now, it looks as though the Gremlins have been caged once and for all.
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