Gremlins reboot will be 'completely original'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 24 April 2015
Chris Columbus

Chris Columbus

Screenwriter Chris Columbus has revealed the 'Gremlins' reboot will be distinct from the 1984 original

The 'Gremlins' reboot will not be a shot-for-shot reproduction of the original.

The 1984 horror comedy - which features magical creatures with an appetite for destruction - was a huge hit with fans, but writer Chris Columbus has promised the much-anticipated new movie will offer something markedly different.

The writer - who was also approached for the 1990 sequel, 'Gremlins 2: The New Batch' - shared: "I know what the take is, I can't talk about it, but I was approached to do the sequel to 'Gremlins' way back when ...

"That was before the power of the franchise, the franchise ruled all. I was like, 'Nah, the first movie exists, it's great the way it is. Why spoil it with a sequel, or a bunch of sequels?'

"Well, time has passed, and I've seen what happens when sequels can actually work, and improve - certainly not improve on the original, but have a different direction. So I was open to the idea, and I think we have a really good take."

The writer said the new movie will be a completely fresh story, although it will feature "the same universe, the same rules [and] same Gremlins".

He told MTV: "It's not a remake of the first movie at all. Because the first movie's very dear to my heart."

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