In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Joe Dante (Director of Gremlins & Gremlins 2) was asked the usualquestion regarding Gremlins 3 and its production status.
When the interviewer mentioned everything was getting sequels and remakes except for gremlins, the next question naturally was about the further adventures of Billy, Gizmo, Kate, and a horde of little green monsters….
“Is there any news on Gremlins 3?”
No. Every so often I call Warner Bros. and say, “You guys doing anything with this?” And they always say, “No.” There was a period a couple of years ago when I think they were working on something but that fell through. I don’t know. They didn’t really understand the first movie, so I think they’re having
trouble figuring out what to do, especially with the change in special effects. The first movies were defined by the technique that we used, which is now out of date. Now, with CGI anything can happen, so it’s difficult to focus the story onto something that’s going to have a point. So rather than being No. 3, I would think they would just go back to the beginning and remake it.
However, the interviewer did ask if he would be interested in doing Gremlins 3, and while the tone seemed to be in jest, it somewhat comes into contradiction with some other things he has said regarding the Gremlins franchise.
Would that be something you would be interested in doing? I work for Time Warner. Maybe I could put in a good word for you!
Well, that’s fine. It would be very flattering if they came to me and said, “Would you like to be involved?” But I have a feeling that they’ve moved on.
So there is where things are, the father of Gremlins himself is pretty sure the franchise is done for the moment. Keep in mind folks, this is Hollywood. Stranger things have happened. They are remaking Fright Night, so that shows you that anything can get a sequel or remake…even Gremlins.
The only real new news here is that Joe Dante has previously said he didn’t really have an interest in doing a Gremlins 3, but that may have been coming from a “They will never ask me, so I don’t really care” kind of attitude.
Read the full interview here: http://insidemovies.ew.com/2011/07/12/trailers-from-hell-joe-dante/ Some pretty neat stuff included regarding his upcoming projects and his trailer collection. Check it out!