The ongoing battle to get a third Gremlins movie into cinemas has finally taken a step in the right direction. In a recent interview with Slash Film, the writer of the original film, Chris Columbus, confirmed that a script is now finished and it returns the little critters to their darker origins.
"I'm really proud of the script. It is as twisted and dark as anything, so we'll see. It's always a budgetary conversation when we're going to shoot it. I wanted to go back to the really twisted sensibility of the first movie. I found that was a very easy place for me to fall back into and start writing again so hopefully we?ll see that movie soon."
While Columbus gave no details about the potential plot for the long-awaited sequel, he did put fans minds at ease about the use of CGI.
"Oh, without a doubt, minimal CGI. CGI will enable us to remove wires and make the puppeteers lives a little easier. It was brutal. It was like a marathon every night for those guys. In the bar scene alone there were 18 [or] 20 people behind the bar. No one had any space to move. It was just hellish for those guys, so CGI will simplify that a little bit but it's all puppets."
The first Gremlins balanced mild-horror with comedy to perfection and is one of the main reasons its legacy has endured for more than three decades. However, the sequel opted for a lighter tone and dialed back on the scarier elements. I still have a lot of love for The New Batch, but there's no denying it's a jumbled sequel that suffers from too many half baked ideas.Having endured every conceivable incarnation of a Gremlin in The New Batch, it is reassuring to hear that we won't have to see one in CGI form.
Last year, Gremlins star Zach Galligan revealed that the third movie would ignore the events of The New Batch and his character (Billy Peltzer) would return for a "Force Awakens" styled sequel. Galligan also teased that the script (at the time) by Carl Ellsworth would feature some of the original characters with an assortment of new young whippersnappers. All we know for sure is that Warner Bros is determined to make the sequel happen, and director Joe Dante is unlikely to return for a third helping of Mogwai based shenanigans.