Amblin Entertainment is currently talking with Warner Bros., to create a reboot of Spielberg’s “Gremlins.” The 1984 introduction of all the gremlin characters set off a worldwide interest in the furry creatures. The 1990s “Gremlins 2: The New Batch” film seemed to find the franchise had run its course.
The news of the two companies getting together to make a reboot has fans of Gizmo both upset and happy. Although the franchise had exhausted the story interest and the fan base with the 80s and 90s original films, the possibilities are wide open in a reboot.
Giz and the gang would have more technology behind them. The 3D version of Gizmo sounds rather interesting, I must say. Computer technology and 3D imagery could give viewers another round of Giz without overdoing the storyline.
We all know how the story goes. After receiving the gremlin from his father, young Billy Peltzer ignores the three most important rules of owning a gremlin. Keep them away from water. Sunlight will kill them and most importantly, never feed them after midnight.
When Peltzer makes the mistake of breaking rules, he soon finds these are the three most important rules he will ever have to keep in his life.
As remakes and reboots from the 80’s are pouring onto movie screens, the “Gremlins” reboot will be added to the pile of 80 films that are being shown. “Footloose,” “The Karate Kid,” and “Dirty Dancing” have all made their way from the film gravesite back onto the big screen.
The remakes and reboots have a new generation of kids watching the cool punches as in “The Karate Kid,” while the “Footloose” remake could have remained on the pile of memories and left just the way it was. There are some childhood movies that should be left alone; although I’m not sure, “Gremlins” is one.
To see computer technology and new filmmaking elements added to one of the better 80s sci-fi films could be a great addition to our stock. I would have to watch it at least once just to admire the old school and new school collaboration.
The one film that I will find offensive, should they make a newer version of it, would be the classic, “E.T.” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and “E.T.” are the two trophy films nobody should ever touch. Those should remain in our time capsule as classics.
Who knows? Maybe a reboot of “Gremlins” will ruin the film forever for fans. I was a fan of the “Gremlins” original but found the second to be rather ridiculous and unworthy of the franchise.
What do you think? Should a reboot of “Gremlins” be made? How about a remake?
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