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Gremlins reboot on the cards


Fans of an iconic horror-comedy may want to look away now, as there are reportedly plans to make a new version of 80s classic Gremlins.

According to Vulture, Warner Bros are negotiating with Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment for the rights to reboot the 1984 flick about mischievous monsters.

Joe Dante's original grossed over $150m with its captivating tale of a teenage boy who is given a small furry creature called a Mogwai for Christmas, with the instructions that he never expose it to sunlight, get it wet, or feed it after midnight.

When these rules are accidentally broken, new creatures are produced who bear little resemblance to the cute original Mogwai (Gizmo) and have far more destructive tendencies.

Dante said in 2010 that he didn't expect a third Gremlins film to be made (following 1990's The New Batch) due to the limitations of the puppetry used on the films.

"Those films were such products of the technology at the time," he told Moviehole.

"The movie was more limited and created by technology. They were puppets. The storylines, then, were based around what we could do with the Gremlins. Now, of course, anything is possible but it becomes a little more difficult to hone it on what your storyline would be."

Reports now suggest a new Gremlins film would be a reboot of the story and likely to use CGI, though the development of reboot depends on Amblin's handling of the rights.

Source: Vulture