Uh-oh! Somebody must have gotten their old VHS copy of Gremlins wet because now it’s multiplying! Or sequelizing. Or rebooting. The point is that it looks like we could be in for a new Gremlins movie. “In keeping with Hollywood’s mandated pop culture recycling program, Warner Bros. Pictures is negotiating with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment to reboot their 1984 horror comedy, Gremlins,” says Vulture whose reporters tracked down a source close to the project, fed them chicken wings (after midnight) and convinced their evil, mohawk-rocking, light-hating alter-egos to spill all the details pertaining to the potential project.
However, there aren’t that many details. Vulture‘s source claims that more than one attempt has been made to reboot the franchise since 1990?s Gremlins 2: The New Batch (a lighter, more slapsticky cartoonish sequel) was released but efforts to
once again capitalize on lucrative merchandising opportunities get the film made have been hindered by the (alleged) giant payday demanded by Spielberg for his producing services (Vulture hypothesizes that having Spielberg as producer may be a contractual requisite for getting the project made and that his unaffordable fee may have been what held the movie hostage in the past).
Now it seems that something has changed because, says the Gremlins insider, the negotiations are closer than ever to ending in a deal being reached, a movie getting made, and that Gizmo doll that’s been languishing in a box in your attic since the late 1980s being worth so much more on eBay.