Another Gremlins Film? That's News To Spielberg

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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.

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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.

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DISCUSSION

ldevitt
LittleDragon

I think we could do a Gremlins movie better then a Goonies movie. A world where lots of people have pet Mogwai, where working for animal and pest control means facing Gremlins every day. Military scientists who try to weaponize the gremlins. New Mogwai who are as cute and as entiring as Gizmo. Oh and we can bring back the smart Gremlin and the female Gremlin. The smart one is funny as hell.

Brain Gremlin: You take a look at this fellow here.[Brain shoots the Gremlin in the head. The Gremlins in the bar laugh. ]

Now, was that civilized? No, clearly not. Fun, but in no sense civilized.