Hollywood is currently flooded with every sort of film that isn’t a completely new work. We have sequels, adaptations, prequels, remakes, reimaginings, and reboots. However, it seems like a new type of movie has been created in recent years that sees the continuation of a beloved franchise, but it’s also is meant to act as a reinvigoration of the property decades after the original debuted. We’ve seen it with movies like ‘Jurassic World’, ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’, ’X-Men: Days of Future Past’, and ‘Terminator Genysis’, but of course ’Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ will probably be the biggest of them all. We live in the age of the “rebootquel” if you will and it looks like the trend will continue with the ‘Gremlins’ series.
During a screening of the 1984 classic at London’s Prince Charles Cinema, star Zach Galligan discussed the status of ‘Gremlins 3‘. Previously, the latest word was that the project is currently in limbo due to Chris Columbus’ busy schedule, but ‘Goosebumps’ and ‘Red Eye’ writer Carl Ellsworth did take over writing duties from Seth Grahame-Smith earlier this year. But what is the story shaping up to be? According to Games Radar, the actor said that the next chapter of one of the most beloved film series to come out of the 80s will take a page from the dinosaurs of Isla Nublar rather than starting all over again:
“It’s not going to be a reboot. It will not be a remake in any way, shape, or form. Chris Columbus has come out and said that the first film is very near and dear to his heart and as long as he is alive it will never be remade. So the only thing they will be – and apparently are going to be – doing is something along the lines of like ‘Jurassic World’, where it will be 30 years later.”
Naturally, this news should be taken with a grain of salt, but it makes sense. In this day and age, remakes (even ones as interesting as Paul Feig’s ‘Ghostbusters’) are not received well by fans. This is probably because they often do not possess the same magic as the originals or they just end up being downright terrible (:cough:Fantastic Four:cough:). But considering how Columbus is so invested in not ruining what came before, this route probably makes the most sense. Plus, I’m sure that there are people out there who would love to catch up with Galligan’s Billy and the lovable Gizmo.
What do you think about ‘Gremlins 3’ potentially picking up 30 years after ‘Gremlins’ and ‘Gremlins 2: The New Batch’? Do you think that this is a solid plan of action rather than rebooting the franchise? Share your thoughts in the comments below.