Audiences will soon be getting more Mogwais. According to Bloody Disgusting, Warner Bros. is officially moving ahead with plans to remake Joe Dante’s Gremlins. A director has yet to be named, but a man who knows all about horror-comedy has been tapped to produce: Seth Grahame-Smith. After writing New York Times best-selling novels like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (which is getting its own screen adaptation), Grahame-Smith moved to film, penning Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows. Now, alongside fellow producer David Katzenberg, it’s time to take on snacking after midnight.
The 1984 original saw Randall (Hoyt Axton) searching for a Christmas present for his son Billy (Zach Galligan). At the last minute he finds a rare pet in Chinatown. The doe-eyed creature comes with very specific instructions: don’t put it in direct sunlight, don’t get it wet, and don’t feed it after midnight. Obviously, these rules get broken and it multiplies and mutates into fiendish gremlins.
Steven Spielberg produced the original film, but there’s no word yet on whether he’ll return. (Or if he’ll have another cameo.) Even if the E.T. director does come back, this is no guarantee the project will be a success (see: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull). Like everyone else, we’re wondering: is there even a hope in heck this Gremlins reboot will be any good?