In Los Angeles a couple of years back I ran into â€œGremlins 2â€ star Robert Picardo (who, like Dick Miller, is a Joe Dante-pic regular â€“ he played â€˜The Cowboyâ€™ in the brilliant â€œInnerspaceâ€) and we preceded to have a bit of a chat about the money-spinning â€œGremlinsâ€ series â€“ that had come to a seemingly sure conclusion in 1990.
Picardo wasnâ€™t confident there would ever be a third â€œGremlinsâ€ â€“ mainly because he believed Dante wouldnâ€™t be interested in working with Warner Bros again (following the miserable time the filmmaker had on â€œLooney Tunes : Back in Actionâ€) and the studio wouldnâ€™t want a movie with â€˜puppetsâ€™ in it nowadays. Of course what Picardo neglected to consider was that the studio wouldnâ€™t necessarily need Dante back for a third â€œGremlinsâ€, nor would they be forced to dust off the old puppets.
Which is exactly whatâ€™s going to happen…. and, I assume, like many of you, I donâ€™t quite know how I feel about this.
Market Saw reports that â€œGremlins 3â€, which Dante likely wonâ€™t be involved in, is in early development.
It, one assumes, will use CGI to rebuild Gizmo, Stripe and company (Shit, if theyâ€™re going to CGI something… why canâ€™t it be a computer-generated Dick Miller!? ).
And, well since everything else coming out over the next few years will be, â€œGremlins 3â€ will be in 3D.
Expect an in-name only sequel that likely wonâ€™t have time for Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates or, dare I say, Howie Mandel (the voice of Gizmo).
I sound cynical, but Iâ€™m sure Iâ€™m not alone. This is, like â€œGhostbusters 3â€, one of those films that Iâ€™ll be rushing out to see…. but arenâ€™t so sure Iâ€™ll be doing myself a favour by doing so. â€œGremlinsâ€ has such a special pleasure in my ticket-stubbed heart (I remember going back several times to see it at the cinema, but seeing â€œGremlins 3â€ at the local Village was a more memorable experience â€“ if only because Iâ€™d gotten to take two lovely girlies to it), Iâ€™d hate to see it fucked with.