Say it ain’t so, Warner Bros., please, say it ain’t so. Despite the fact that no film franchise seems to be immune from the modern remake machine, we go about our daily lives hoping that studios will exhibit a modicum of decency and leave some films and franchises untouched. So, imagine our horror when news leaked that Warner Bros. is attempting to reboot the Gremlins franchise.
News broke late yesterday (via Vulture) that Warner Bros. Pictures is currently negotiating with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment about rebooting the classic, subversive 1984 film in which an adorable Mogwai inadvertently gives birth to an insane brood of evil green monstrosities called Gremlins. Gremlins was a tremendous hit, and was followed by Gremlins 2: The New Batch in 1990.
Don’t panic just yet, however—it appears that in order for the reboot to happen, Warner Bros. has to get Spielberg onboard (likely as a producer), and apparently he’s simply too expensive, as Warner Bros. has attempted this reboot many times before and has never been able to afford Spielberg’s asking price. Here’s hoping this gets shot down again before it even begins. No word yet as to whether or not Joe Dante, director of the two Gremlins films, is being involved/ discussed in any capacity.
What do you think of the Gremlins news?