I have a unique history with Joe Dante’s Gremlins movies. My father first sat me down in front of the TV to watch the original film when I was only a child — and before Gizmo had given birth to terrifying reptilian hell-raisers. I was terrified, and I’d bet that half of my nightmares until age 12 consisted of gremlins in one way or another.
Today, I love Gremlins and its sequel. The original is a great take on B-movies, great backlot filmmaking, and a wonderful Christmas movie all at once. The sequel is one of the most madcap films ever made by a studio, and I can’t believe it really exists.
Today, MarketSaw (a blog devoted to 3D movies) is reporting that Gremlins 3 is in the early stages of development, with an eye on stereoscopic 3D. This is both unsurprising and, I believe, a genuinely good idea: after the Mad Magazine style of Gremlins 2: The New Batch, why not push the series into zanier territory? I suppose Aja’s Piranha 3D will test the waters.
No director has been hired for the project, and it’s somewhat unlikely that Dante will return. He’s been critical of the project in the past, and seemingly pessimistic about the prospect of a major studio banking its money on him. However, he just made the well-received 3D film The Hole, so I’m still hoping that the master returns.
As long as they stick with puppets for the gremlins, I’ll be a happy man. Of course, I’m sure they’ll be at least 80 percent computer generated, but hey: a guy can dream.