From the sound of recent rumblings on the rumor mill, it sounds as if Chris Columbus (‘Pixels‘, ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’) is set to return for both the ‘Gremlins’ relaunch as well as the ‘Goonies’ sequel as a producer! That’s right, Columbus looks to be set to be returning for two of the franchises that made him famous even though the initial word on ‘Gremlins’ already had new producers behind the film. As he was responsible for the screenplays for both of the original movies, this would be something that could instill hope in fans, such as myself, who are extremely cynical about Hollywood’s constant rebooting of franchises over the past decade.
While Columbus and the studios haven’t officially made an announcement yet, the news is coming from The Tracking Board which has had a pretty solid track record for these rumors as of late. Last we had heard about the ‘Gremlins’ reboot is that Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg were producing it and they seem to be on the delayed sequel train as they already have their hands full with the new ‘Beetlejuice 2‘ film. To expand on the details, it sounds more to be a sequel-styled reboot that is set 30 years after the original film. Seems to be a pretty common trend as of late. While details are scant, it will follow the original in that a boy received a strange pet before Christmas and when he doesn’t follow the rules we see chaos erupt in a slew of gremlins.
For the sequel to ‘The Goonies,’ we’ll have the original director Richard Donner returning. Not only that, but it appears that Spielberg came up with the story for the feature and they hope that all of the original cast will be returning. One does have to wonder what kind of an adventure they will have cooked up to not only bring the original gang back but be able to top going underground and finding a pirate ship filled with treasure.
What do you think of Columbus going back to his roots with these two films? Do you prefer the idea of a reboot styled sequel that ‘Gremlins’ seems to be doing or do you prefer seeing an aged cast going out to have one last adventure like ‘The Gremlins’ sequel has in mind? Or should Hollywood stop messing with our childhood memories? Share your thoughts below!
Source: Slash Film