While not officially dead yet it sounds like writer Seth Grahame-Smith believes that the ‘Gremlins‘ reboot isn’t going to be going any further. At least not for a good long while. With Chris Columbus and Steven Spielberg originally on board with Grahame-Smith’s idea, a new interview that he just did with Entertainment Weekly makes it sound as if we won’t be seeing Gizmo again anytime in the near future.
“I think we ran out of steam. 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.”
Now a “five-minute break” could just mean that we’ll still be revisiting the lovable Mogwai and his unfriendly siblings again in the future, but I’m not quite sure how likely that would be. With the film having supposedly hit the fast track last year it now seems to have hit a pretty big speed bump.
As a bonus for long term fans, the original star Zach Galligan was even interested in joining the project:
“Hopefully the Warner Bros people … listening to this would let me play the new Billy Peltzer’s teacher, or play the dad, or play the cop. Just move up and play another part.”
This actually probably isn’t too surprising as while Galligan has had a steady stream of acting work, not too many of the roles have been that big as of late. Cynisim aside, I think a properly done reboot having original cast members in other roles or cameos is a good tribute. Of course, not many reboots can be called good these days.
What do you think of the ‘Gremlins’ reboot being put on pause? Are you glad to see it delayed and hope it never happens or do you think this is one trip back to the 80s that you’d happily take again?
Source: Entertainment Weekly