Joe Dante Debunks Those Silly Gremlins 3-D Sequel Rumors
Back in January we got the somewhat unsettling rumor that there may very well be a Gremlins sequel on the way taking advantage of the 3-D craze taking over the film industry. However, since that rumor came from the consistently unreliable MarketSaw, we took it with a huge grain of salt. And now it looks like that reputation has only been reaffirmed as Empire caught up with series director Joe Dante who said any talk of a Gremlins sequel in 3-D were blown out of proportion thanks to the wonder of the internet. However, the director does elaborate, almost cautiously, that a remake or reboot of the horror comedy might still be likely.
While being honored at Cine-Excess IV (what an odd name), a conference of global cult film traditions in London, Dante responded to Empire's questions about a Gremlins sequel, and here's what he had to say:
"It’s been heavily booted around on the internet that there is a 'Gremlins 3' and then somebody said ‘Gremlins 3? Gremlins 3-D! I bet it’s a sequel in 3-D and I bet they’re gonna ask Joe to do it!” Well the answer is no, no and no. I’m sure it’ll happen. It’s too valuable a title to not get the remake treatment. I think it will be a remake rather than a sequel. I think they’ll start over and do a remake or a sequel."
So there you have it. It seems the only 3-D involving Joe Dante that we can expect in the near future is The Hole 3D (watch the new trailer right here). Anyway, after the poor performance of Gremlins 2: The New Batch, not to mention the fact that Dante's most recent films are Looney Tunes: Back in Action and Small Soldiers, Dante likely wouldn't be asked to direct a Gremlins sequel/reboot anyway (but you never know?). It's probably for the best since there's enough unnecessary sequels and remakes currently in the works right now anyway without ruining one of the more iconic horror comedies of the 80's. Anybody else relieved?