While Joe Dante is off working up a new project with Simon Pegg, his old chums The Mogwai may have found themselves a new master.
According to Bloody Disgusting, Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg will be producing a third Gremlins picture for Warner Bros.
Grahame-Smith made his name with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and is currently writing a Beetlejuice sequel for Tim Burton. There’s nothing in the new report that says he’ll be writing the Gremlins do-over, but I’d be surprised if he doesn’t take some kind of pass at it.
It’s worth pointing out that, on paper, the original Gremlins wasn’t one half as strong as the finished film. It was Joe Dante and the cast and crew – particularly cinematographer John Hora and Chris Walas‘ effects team – who really made that one work.
I’m sure a new Gremlins could be just fantastic if they choose the right director again.
And obviously, that would be Joe Dante. Though, sadly, I can’t imagine Warner Bros. turning to him here. I wish they would, but it’s not how these things ever seem to go. Boo.
Maybe if Ivan Reitman does direct Ghostbusters 3 and it’s both a critical smash and box office goldmine the studios might quit with their franchise-related ageism. Would be nice.
An immediate debate in the fandom will explode around the use of puppets vs. the use of CG, I’m sure. Either would work, if done superbly…
…though, yes, I’m a big fan of the original, practical Gremlins and if they aren’t broke, then do we need to fix them?