I have been putting off posting this, but the dozen or so emails compelled me to say something.
As many of us know, Ghostbusters 3 has been confirmed to be in some stage of development by Ray Stantz himself, Dan Aykroyd. This is one of the beloved series of the 80s, just like Gremlins. In fact, both franchises really play to a similar audience. Ghostbusters came out in 1984, as did Gremlins. Ghostbusters 2 came out in 1989, with Gremlins not far behind in 1990. Both being huge franchises of the 80s and early 90s, both with more merchandise than you can shake a wet mogwai at, it makes sense that a company would eventually want to continue making money on these brands.
So soon after Ghostbusters 3 was re-semi-confirmed, the Gremlins 3 news started to leak out.
Gremlins 3 scuttlebutt is nothing new, it is no big secret that scripts have been out there, and there has been talk of various actors/actresses coming to the party, but never anything concrete. Joe Dante has repeatedly explained that Small Soldiers was “his gremlins 3”, and that Gremlins was a product of the effects at the time, and now they want him to do CGI, but he has no interest in that path.
Moviehole.net has had a couple of interesting notes on Warner Premiere, the new Direct to Video branch of Warner Brothers. One thing said is that there may be a Gremlins 3 in the works, though not involving (Gremlins 1&2) director Joe Dante or Producer Mike Finnell.
From this article on Moviehole.net
Talking to Empire Magazine, Producer Michael Finnell mentioned that “they [WB] might do a low-budget direct-to-DVD version”, but neither he nor director Joe Dante would donate their services to it. According to Dante, “Gremlins was governed by the technology that produced it. Now it would be CGI, and you could do anything. There may be places for the jokes to go [The White House?]. But you’ve got a company who owns the rights to a movie that they don’t quite understand. I think it’s going to be difficult for them to make another one”.
Also it mentions somewhat candidly, that (sic)”Zack Gallighan’s determined to make sure they do…” A few emails I recieved mentioned this, as proof that Gremlins 3 is happening. I am going to go out on a limb and say that this is just an off-comment from the author of the news article. First of all there is no reference, there is no source on Zach’s opinion on a new gremlins film, and the fact that they didn’t even spell his name right shows a lack of interest in ensuring accuracy.
I have sent out a few emails, and will be making a couple phone calls tommorow regarding this information, as I would like to confirm or debunk this rumor as soon as possible.
There will also be a Gremlins 3 section coming soon for news, rumors, and the saga so far.
I appreciate the emails, keep them coming, and if you have any more information regarding Gremlins 3 please keep it coming! Feel free to digg this or distribute it to people you know that might be able to shed a bit of light on the situation.
As soon as I know anything else, or get word from anyone that might be involved with the project you all will be the first to know.