Is there a horror franchise out there as beloved and deserving of a new movie more than Gremlins? (Short answer: no.) Gremlins 2: The New Batch was released 27 years ago in 1990. Since then, rumors of a third installment have persisted. Earlier this year, the original Billy Peltzer, Zach Galligan mentioned that he expected a new movie which was a direct sequel, and not a reboot in the coming years. Now it looks like he might be right with a Gremlins 3 on the horizon.
As we’ve previously covered here on iHorror.com, Chris Columbus, producer for the film Patti Cake$ that is currently making the film festival rounds, was working very hard on a script. Now, during an exclusive interview with Slashfilm.com he’s revealed he has a completed the script for Gremlins 3. They’re also reporting the movie is currently in the development stage with Warner Bros.
“I’m really proud of the script,” Columbus said. “It is as twisted and dark as anything, so we’ll see. It’s always a budgetary conversation when we’re going to shoot it. I wanted to go back to the really twisted sensibility of the first movie. I found that was a very easy place for me to fall back into and start writing again so hopefully we’ll see that movie soon.”
Columbus says the new script returns to the darker feel of the original Gremlins and not the campy humor Gremlins 2 enjoyed. It also sounds like they going to focus on some intense themes.
One question people may have been wondering since the first movie, is if people are really dying to the Gremlin’s rampages, would it be worth it to eliminate Gizmo to stop the threat? That sounds like the question the new movie is focused on. What is the value of one innocent life, at the cost of possibly dozens or hundreds more? It doesn’t get much more innocent than Gizmo, and you could even say he’s proven his worth by saving the lives of Billy’s boss and girlfriend from Spider Mohawk in the second movie.
Columbus also remarks that he intends to use minimal CGI for his movie, staying true to the puppets which terrorized people in the first two.
If you’re as excited about this as I am, leave a comment below. Here’s hoping it comes out much sooner rather than later; it sounds like they’re on a really good track.