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Rumor: Chris Columbus to Produce New 'Gremlins' and 'Goonies'

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July 10, 2014
Source: The Tracking Board

Chris Columbus

Though filmmaker Chris Columbus may not be at the top of his game right now (hopefully his big screen version of Pixels will change that), back in the day, Columbus was responsible for some of the most revered movies of the 80s. The Home Alone director wrote the script for the original Gremlins back in 1984, and also the script for The Goonies back in 1985. Now if a rumor from The Tracking Board is to be believed, Columbus will go back to his roots by producing the new versions of both those films, which are each in some stage of development. While one is a sequel, the other will be a reboot. But which is which? Read on!

Let's start with The Goonies. We had already heard earlier this year that director Richard Donner was developing a sequel to the childhood adventure favorite with Steven Spielberg, and pretty much all of the young cast was keen on returning now that they're adults. Presumably they would pass the torch on to their kids to have an adventure, and some of them (like Josh Brolin and Sean Astin) might come along for the ride. It's not clear how far along this film is in development, or if it will actually happen, but if Columbus really is on board as produce, it might happen faster than we think.

As for Gremlins, the new film would actually be a reboot set 30 years after the events of the original movie (as confirmed by SlashFilm). That makes sense so they can keep the mythology of the original films intact (even if the second one is more like a silly cartoon). But this way, there's some kind of history for the Mogwai and the slimy creatures they become. Maybe the characters are already familiar with them as a myth? It depends on whether they even acknowledge the crazy story of the second film, which is fun, but also just outlandish and weird. Anyway, Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg are still on board the film as producers as well, so we'll see what happens.

Of course, we're going to take all of this news with a grain of salt, because The Tracking Board isn't always reliable. They just came out with the news that Tina Fey was working on a sequel to Hocus Pocus and it turned out to be a completely different witch-centric comedy at Disney. We can understand the confusion, but that's a pretty big screw-up. Most of the time, their sources are reliable, and this kind of news isn't unexpected, since Columbus was such an integral part of the success of both of these 80s favorites. Whether or not these follow-ups will please fans of those films remains to be seen. Thoughts?

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  • OfficialJab
    All that matters to every Gremlins fan is if they fork out the money to make good puppets and animatronics. Not rushing to see CG gremlins.
  • Snowmanfloza
    No CGI Gremlins please. But that will never happen, we all know that they will be CGI all day.
  • Andre
    Puppets and animatronics are so fake! They need to get real, actual gremlins to perform their roles live. Only then will it be authentic.
  • DAVIDPD
    Hmmm...not quite sure what to think about this. I suppose it is better to get Columbus back that not have him at all, but The franchises stand on their own.
  • Marcus
    Hopefully they could do what Spike Jonze did with Where the Wild things Are and work with the muppetry and cgi combined. I know Columbus has a history of working with the creature shop, as he did with Harry Potter, so that would be cool. I will just be angry if they were to end up looking like the new TMNT turtles.
  • Boiler Bro Joe
    It's not a reboot! I can't stand how often that term gets thrown around now. Personally I don't even think it's necessary since the word "remake" always seemed perfectly adequate to me. But if people insist on using it, the definition of a "reboot" is a discarding of all previous material from a *series* (key word) and starting over. In other words, a reboot is a remake of a franchise. If this new Gremlins is "set 30 years after the events of the original", then how is it a reboot? Isn't it just a long-gestating sequel? Are they only calling it a reboot because the storyline is nearly identical to the original (i.e. not creative)? Or are they not going to reference the events of the original at all and just remind us of them in the press release? Slashfilm calls it a "sequel-style reboot". Huh? It's not just the semantics that annoy me. The fact that we use the word so much (and were so quick to pick up on it ten years ago) is a constant reminder of how unoriginal and risk-averse Hollywood continues to become. We all fall into the trap of using the word for nearly every single sequel, so that people will say "Oooh, Batman Begins was a reboot, this one must be good too". And their continued profitability means that we get actual reboots of franchises that are only ten years old. Ugh.
  • eil
    He surely will do an awful movie, like the first Percy Jackson. He should be ashamed to have ruined such a beautiful and funny saga.
  • MLTC
    :-( STOP ALL THE DAMN REBOOTS/REMAKES!
  • elsa
    Oh god, not Chris Columbus. He's the worst, look how he butchered the first book of Percy Jackson. Nobody should watch a movie where he's involved.
  • sansabaratheon
    Bleah, Chris Columbus. I can't belive someone still pay this guy for movies.

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