It’s been 30 years since “Gremlins 2” flipped the franchise on its head and became one of the most interesting sequels in film history. However, in those decades since, the “Gremlins” franchise largely remained dormant. But that isn’t stopping filmmaker Chris Columbus from still working on “Gremlins 3” and talking about how he isn’t sold on the idea of using CGI for a new take on the little monsters.
According to an interview with Collider, Columbus, who is promoting his new film “The Christmas Chronicles 2,” talked about the “Gremlins” franchise and if he still has plans to work on a third film. And the good news is that he not only wants to do it, but he’s already written a script. But there are still some looming issues preventing a third “Gremlins” film from happening.
“I would love to do it. I wrote a script, so there is an existing script,” said Columbus. “We’re working out some rights issues right now, so we’re just trying to figure out when the best time to make that film would be. I would still do it the same way – I would do it as tangible puppets, not CGI. Maybe having — you know we had one stop-motion scene in the first ‘Gremlins,’ but I don’t think I’d use much CGI in ‘Gremlins 3.’”
Of course, fans of the original films will be very happy with the news that a third film, if it happens, will rely on practical effects as much as possible. The idea of fully CGI gremlins just seems to go against everything that makes the franchise so enjoyable. However, we’re still a long way away from this actually happening. And we have yet to hear what director Joe Dante thinks about all of this.
That said, last year, there was news that WarnerMedia is developing an animated series based on the franchise. So, you have to imagine if the cartoon does well, then there will be renewed interest in the film franchise. And then, perhaps, Columbus will be able to return to the film franchise that has endured the decades and become a cult classic.