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