gremlins

Hollywood believes in recycling, so it’s no surprise that Gremlins, the surprise hit of 1984, is finally getting around to being remade. On the surface, there’s no way this sounds like a good idea in any way, shape or form.

Bloody Disgusting reports that the people currently involved in producing the remake are Seth Grahame-Smith and David (son of Jeffery) Katzenberg. Grahame-Smith has two films that he wrote last year, Dark Shadows and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. He also had his people give him favorable press for doing a polish on the Fantastic Four reboot. It’s possible that Dark Shadows got away from him, but Lincoln is definitely more his film. Make of that what you will.

The first question with something like this is always “Why?” And the answer is always “Money!” One wishes Hollywood would pursue more original projects, but that’s not the cultural climate we live in these days. But the big concern (at least before a frame is shot) is if they’re going to go with CGI Gremlins. One of the reasons (among many) that the original worked is because of the puppetry. One wonders if the amount of CG it could require could make puppets the cheaper alternative. You never know.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of this news is that one of Steven Spielberg‘s Amblin movies is getting the remake treatment. Yes, Poltergiest is being remade, but Spielberg always seemed to have less control over that project. And if this goes forward, it’s possible that other Spielberg-produced or directed movies could be next.

Would you want to see a new version of Gremlins?