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It was only a matter of time I suppose. As often as studios remake classic horror films, it was inevitable that they would eventually get around to a relatively family-friendly horror comedy. It now looks like Warner Brothers has set in motion a remake to Amblin's 1984 classic 'Gremlins.' For those who haven't seen it, all six of you, 'Gremlins' is the story of a boy who receives a rather unusual pet for Christmas. He is urged to follow a set of specific rules regarding the care of his new pet, but he fails to do so and a monstrous series of consequences befalls his quiet little town. For a long time, there was talk of a sequel, which would have been the third film in the franchise, but that has apparently given way to the plan for a remake. Currently, WB has hired Seth Grahame-Smith ('Dark Shadows') and David Katzenberg ('Survivor') to produce.
How do you say, "you've got to be kidding me" in mogwai? It's hard not to sound like I'm anti-remake with all the news that's coming out lately, but I'm really not. I do love 'Gremlins,' but I'm not at all opposed to a new version, even if an entire subgenre of 80s films ripping off 'Gremlins' already exists. The problem is that the wrong people continue to be placed in charge of these remakes. The personnel choices are sometimes so bad in fact that it's hard to remain optimistic that the studios have any concern for the original whatsoever. What do I mean? Are you really telling me that it's wise to put the writer of the 'Dark Shadows' remake, as well as that dreadful 'Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter' adaptation, in charge of a 'Gremlins' remake? Oh, I'm sorry, you're right. He is only co-producing, along with a guy whose only major credit is producing multiple seasons of the reality show 'Survivor.' I feel like I'm taking crazy pills! My one remaining hope here is that these two hire a worthy director so that Grahame-Smith doesn't fall into that assignment. Might I suggest Pete Docter? He directed 'Monsters, Inc' for Pixar, as well as 'Up,' and if another Pixar guy is going to experience a Brad Bird level of success transitioning to live-action, I could see it being a director like Docter on a slightly different monster project like this.
What do you guys think? Are you at all interested in a 'Gremlins' remake? Who would you hire to direct?
Source: Bloody Disgusting