If you’re a fan of the ‘80s cult classic, The Gremlins, we have good news for you: a third installment is coming, but it won’t be a reboot.
Zach Galligan, who starred in the two original films, confirmed during a Q&A at the Prince Charles Cinema in London earlier this week that while we will see the return of the tiny creatures, it wouldn’t be a remake in “any way, shape, or form.” The original is reportedly far too close to the heart of writer Chris Columbus to try and resurrect it in any way.
In the original story, Gizmo is a cute, good-natured Furby doll-like creature called a Mogwai that spawns a group of dubous offspring Mogwai when water is accidentally spilled on him. Led by ringleader, Stripe, these delinquent Mogwai trick their owner into being fed after midnight, which causes them to transform into evil gremlins. Naturally, all hell breaks loose from there. The film has been dubbed a sort of horror/comedy, with both elements playing strong parts in the story.
Galligan revealed some pretty juicy details about the new film though, likening the concept to the approach taken with Jurassic World, which looked at the situation in real-time, 30 years later. He confirmed that events from the first film would be referred to in the new movie, and some characters may also reprise their roles. Galligan swore that he was unsure whether he’d be one of those re-appearing characters. But hinted that there was a “decent chance” seeing that he was “one of the few people left standing from the first movie.” Galligan, now 51, has been steadily working since Gremlins, but only in a lengthy list of small parts. According to his IMDB page, he currently has six projects in the works.
Also not confirmed is whether funnyman Howie Mandel will reprise his role as the voice of Gizmo.
Galligan wouldn’t disclose any more than that, other than to say that the movie would be a “reinvention” of the original, and an “interesting version.”
While Columbus penned the script for the original version, he was not involved with the second film. But he is reportedly on board to produce this third flick, alongside Steven Spielberg, who was executive producer of the original as well. Warner Bros confirmed in April that it had signed Goosebumps writer Carl Ellsworth to head up the writing for the movie. Columbus, for his part, has had a ton of success aside from Gremlins, with directing credits to his name for massive hits like The Goonies, Home Alone, Mrs. Doubtfire, and two of the Harry Potter films.
Edited by Caleb Denison 11/28/2015 to correct the movie’s story line summary.