Back in April, we reported that Goosebumps screenwriter Carl Ellsworth has signed on to write a reboot of Gremlins, which had been in development for several years. Chris Columbus, who wrote both the 1984 original classic Gremlins and its 1990 sequel Gremlins 2: The New Batch, came on board to prodce, alongside Steven Spielberg. Chris Columbus revealed later that month that the project is not a remake, and that it will have a connection to the original classic. While no plot details have been revealed yet, original Gremlins star Zach Galligan revealed during a screening at London's Prince Charles Cinema, that Chris Columbus will never allow a Gremlins remake to happen, as long as he's alive. And he hints that this next installment may be a true sequel set thirty years later.
"It's not going to be a reboot. It will not be a remake in any way, shape, or form. Chris Columbus has come out and said that the first film is very near and dear to his heart and as long as he is alive it will never be remade."
Zach Galligan starred in both Gremlins and Gremlins 2: The New Batch as Billy Peltzer. The original classic follows Billy, who receives a mogwai as a gift from his father (Hoyt Axton), and is given three simple rules to follow: Don't get him wet, don't expose him to bright light and don't feed him after midnight. After these rules are broken, the mogwai spawns Gremlins, which terrorize Billy's hometown. While it still isn't known what connection there will be to the original movie and its sequel, Zach Galligan revealed that he still isn't sure if he has a role in the new Gremlins.
"I swear on my life, I don't know if I'm in it or not, but I think there is probably a decent chance since I'm one of the few people left standing from the first movie."
The new Gremlins doesn't have a director or cast members in place quite yet, and Chris Columbus himself even hinted this summer that he is still involved in this project, but it isn't clear how far ahead the producers are in the development process. It's clear, though, as long as Chris Columbus is involved, he will try to protect everything that fans loved about the original movies, and make sure the new project stays on track. Do you think Zach Galligan should return for this new version of Gremlins?