They must have fed the original "Gremlins" after midnight, because suddenly, there are more. Yes, it's another day and another unnecessary movie reboot potentially underway. Shocker.
It's been almost 30 years since that lovable little mogwai Gizmo sprouted a slew of furball killing machines in the Warner Bros. favorite "Gremlins," so, yeah, it's totally ripe, per Hollywood's
laziness remake tradition right about now.
According to Vulture, the studio is currently negotiating with Steven Spielberg's production company Amblin Entertainment for the right to breathe new life into the classic horror comedy. While such talks may have been unsuccessful in the past, there's reportedly reason to believe it might pan out for Warner Bros. this go-round.
As with the first version (and its sequel, "Gremlins 2: The New Batch"), Spielberg would not direct but likely would be involved with the film in some respect. Spielberg previously touted the story as "one of the most original things I've come across in many years," though it was perhaps loosely inspired by Roald Dahl's 1943 book "The Gremlins" about a group of mischievous animals wrecking planes and such.
No word yet as to whether screenwriter Chris Columbus has or will loop into the fold — it's been nearly a decade since his last script, the critically admonished "Christmas with the Kranks" – but he'd clearly be entitled to character credits.
As with all proposed reboots, the question is: What would a new version offer? After all, the animatronics were solid enough already in the original telling. Looking at the box office loot earned by "Gremlins" -—$153 million, which is $353.8 million adjusted — the answer is clear enough. Maybe if they sprinkle some water on the box office...