'Gremlins' Remake Will Not Happen Without Spielberg's Permission
With The Bourne Legacy hitting theaters this weekend, producer Frank Marshall has been making the rounds to all the press outlets, answering questions about all his past franchises, from Back to the Future to Indiana Jones. There's even been questions about sequels that will likely never happen including follow-ups to The Goonies and E.T. The Extra Terrestrial. Thankfully, it seems remakes and sequels for those films are not happening, and we can add one more to the list of classic favorites that won't be touched by the remake brush. Marshall says a Gremlins remake cannot happen without permission from Steven Spielberg.
Whew! While there was once talk of a Gremlins 3, it sounds like any decisions made on that film have to be run by Steven Spielberg and his Amblin Entertainment arm before moving forward. Marshall comments on the idea of a sequel to Gremlins rather than a reboot telling Crave Online:
"You know, we’ve had people call us about it but I think that’s another one that’s kind of now left to be its own. It’s like doing 'Goonies 2 ' or 'E.T. 2.' I think it’s another time, it’s another era and they should just rest where they are."
And on the subject of a remake rather than a sequel, Marshall said:
"No, I don’t think so. I think by now we have something in our contracts, or at least Amblin does, where it can’t be remade without Steven’s permission."
So there you have it. That's at least one Spielberg produced classic that won't be mucked up by a remake of a sequel. Of course, a remake doesn't ever really take away anything from the original and ruin it, but it's just upsetting to fans who just want to cherish the classic version and want people to enjoy that one rather than a contemporary take on the material. Nowadays digital animation makes a sequel to Gremlins worrisome because it might replace the glorious puppet and animatronic work that made the original such a great little horror comedy. Therefore it's good we can rest easy about a remake not coming to fruition for now.