Chris Columbus on Gremlins' reboot fast track and delivering something new

The Gremlins reboot being produced by the original film's screenwriter, Chris Columbus, is hatching much faster than we realized, with recent news that Warner Bros. has hired writer Carl Ellsworth (Disturbia, The Last House on the Left) for script duties, and Steven Spielberg again aboard to co-produce with Columbus.  No casting or directorial decisions have been confirmed yet.

In Collider's new interview with Columbus from Las Vegas' CinemaCon, the writer/director, who is there promoting his new film, Pixels, talked about the nostalgic elements of the first Gremlins movie, how technology will allow a refresh more opportunities to manifest his creative visions and his strong desire to pull off a great Gremlins reboot.  Here's what he had to say:

"It is real. I am involved,” said Columbus. “When I finished Gremlins and the first Gremlins was released, I was asked to write the sequel and said there was no place else to go. Now this was before the pre-crazy-franchise-era of Hollywood where everything is a franchise. So obviously a long 30 years has passed, and I thought, ‘Okay, we can do this. We can actually find a way not to remake the first movie, but to take those characters and do something interesting.'”

I realized, not from the Star Wars phase, but from J.J. [Abrams’] other movies, when he did Star Trek, he has a sense of taking that sort of sense of nostalgia we all want and bringing it forward like he brought Leonard Nimoy into the first Star Trek,” he continued. “And that to me was why we connected to that and it was painfully obvious when we saw the Star Wars trailer recently that when you saw Han Solo and Chewbacca, we all had tears in our eyes because we want that feeling again.”

So I thought, ‘Okay, it’s cool.’ If we can pull it off—if we can create that feeling but deliver something new to the audience, then maybe we can do a really terrific Gremlins reboot.”

Gremlins is one of those hallowed touchstone films from the '80s that holds up well in the 21st century and confidently tames its balanced aspects of horror, tragedy and comedy.  Columbus also claims this updated version won't be an exact, shot-for-shot remake of the original, and will include new characters alongside some more familiar elements. 

With the stellar creative team of Spielberg and Columbus back at the helm, do you think this Gremlins project will preserve the emotional magic and keep our cherished memories safe?

(Via Dread Central)

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