Along with Ghostbusters, Back To The Future, and Indiana Jones, Gremlins is one of the most beloved movie franchises from the 80s. There have always been rumors that a third Gremlins movie would make its way into theaters. Now there’s a good chance this actually might happen, but it would be a reboot and not a sequel film.
Vulture reports that Warner Bros is currently in negotiations with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment for the rights to make another Gremlins movie. There have been a number of negotiations in the past regarding the property but those have usually fallen through due to Amblin and Steven Spielberg’s participation with the new project. But according to Vulture’s inside sources, there’s a good chance a deal might be able to be made between both parties.
There wasn’t a new Gremlins movie since the sequel Gremlins 2: The New Batch hit theaters during the summer of 1990. The sequel was a box office failure only taking in $41 million domestically but the original Gremlins film remains a big hit taking in $153 million in 1984. Joe Dante directed both movies but it’s unclear if he would be attached to a third.
A few years ago, there were rumors that Gremlins 3 was being developed but it seems talks have died down. The new film would have also been in 3D making it Gremlins 3D (get it!). But since then, nothing had seemed to happen on the Gremlins front so don’t hold your breath about this news until something more substantive arises.
A new Gremlins movie would look completely different if it were released today. Back in 1984 and 1990, the Gremlins were brought to life with puppetry, animation, and practical effects. If a third Gremlins movie would be made today, it would rely on CGI and motion capture. Forget Howie Mandell, better call Andy Serkis to do motion capture for Gizmo.