Gremlins reboot will be 'completely original'

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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