Gremlins scribe Chris Columbus put the new movie rumors to bed, with the help of original executive producer Stephen Spielberg. What do they seem much more interested in: a Goonies 2 "all grown up with kids" feature.
We snagged the Harry Potter director at the premiere of his new demigod film Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief and asked him to fill us in on the latest developments with the Gremlins films. While the original creator is being left in the dark about the return of the mogwai, as is exec producer Spielberg, they're not ready to stop pushing for a second Goonies movie.
I know you're very close with the Gremlins franchise, there's this rumor going around that another Gremlins film is in the works, with Joe Dante, have you heard anything about this?
A few days ago, I saw Steve Spielberg, and I asked him the question you just asked me, because I was reading something on the Internet and he said, "Nobody's talked to me about it either." So maybe it's going on behind our backs.
Well what do past films that you've worked on do you really want to see come back as a sequel or a reboot?
Well, always the Goonies. I'd love to see another Goonies movie out there, people ask me about it all the time. The kids would have to be the parents, and their kids would be the Goonies. We just need something, as Steven said the other day, he said, "How do you beat finding an entire pirate ship filled with treasure underground? What can be as exciting?" So we have to come up with something that can be equally as exciting.
So you are working on a Goonies 2?
I'm not working on it. Everybody is coming to me asking if I have an idea - but no, not yet.