Rumor: Gremlins 3 Still Coming & (Surprise) Will Be in 3-D
We've known for awhile that there have at least been rumblings of a possible return to the little monster movie of the 80's, the Steven Spielberg produced, Joe Dante directed Gremlins. Although Dante himself expressed doubts about the studio (WB) asking him to return after an apparent failure in the direction of the cartoonish Gremlins 2 (which, I don't care what anyone says, I love that goofy movie), there's a chance that the film will be going ahead without him as Market Saw reports that a Gremlins 3 is in the early stages of development and, like everything else these days, the sequel will be bringing the Mogwai into digital 3-D.
Of course this news should be taken with a huge grain of salt, because Market Saw hasn't exactly become known for their accurate "scoops" recently. This is the same site that was so damn sure that Dr. Connors/The Lizard would be the villain in Spider-M4n, and before that movie was scrapped, one thing was certain: The Lizard was not the villain. However, if there is even the remote possibility that a Gremlins sequel is on the way, then we're all in for a huge disappointment.
Usually I'm up for giving remakes a chance to see what their all about, but this has disaster written all over it for several reasons. First: flmmaking today doesn't allow for a Gremlins film to have the same charm and impact it once had in the 80's. The horror/comedy is all but extinct with very few actually getting it right recently (Shaun of the Dead, and even bits of Jennifer's Body come to mind as the most successful). It was the 80's when other such horror comedies as An American Werewolf in London, Beetlejuice, The 'Burbs, and even Killer Clowns from Outer Space shared a happy, and homegrown combination of spooks and laughs. Now is not the time.
Second, technological advancements in special effects combined with a desire for 3-D almost guarantee that the crafty use of puppetry, that made the original Gremlins such tangible and thus creepier little monsters, will be thrown out the window. I don't know about you, but I just don't think I can handle seeing a Gremlins movie without slimy little puppets, and especially without a super cute fuzzy animatronic Gizmo. Making a Gremlins movie without the trademark puppetry is as disastrous as feeding the Mogwai after midnight.
Third and finally, I'm just absolutely sick of revisiting all my favorite movies from my childhood. No matter how much excitement I have for a return to something like Ghostbusters, I just wish that new, original films would come along that myself, and today's kids, could end up loving just as much as Ghostbusters as well. Almost everyday we hear about a new remake, reboot and whatnot, and it really is getting unbearable. I'm just hoping that this ends up being one big rumor and nothing more, and that a Gremlins sequel will never ever see the light of day. After all, they are scared of bright lights. Do you want a Gremlins 3-D sequel?