Back in January, we reported that the Gremlins reboot is on "indefinite hold," with producer Seth Grahame-Smith claiming that the project simply "ran out of steam." Today, Deadline reports that the project is moving forward once again, hiring screenwriter Carl Ellsworth (Goosebumps) to pen the script. We first reported on the project back in May 2013, when both Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg were brought on to produce, but neither of them were mentioned in this new report, so it's possible that they may be off the project entirely.
The site also reports that Chris Columbus, who wrote the 1984 original, will serve as a producer alongside original executive producer Steven Spielberg, but no story details were given on this reboot. Chris Columbus was at one time believed to be directing, although studio sources say that isn't happening at this point. It isn't known if a full screenplay was ever written before Carl Ellsworth came on board, but Seth Grahame-Smith revealed in January that he conceived an original story that acknowledged both the original Gremlins and the 1990 sequel Gremlins 2: The New Batch, with a new set of characters.
Along with writing the upcoming Goosebumps adaptation, which hits theaters April 15, 2016, Carl Ellsworth's other writing credits include Red Eye, Disturbia, The Last House on the Left and the Red Dawn remake. The original Gremlins took in $148.1 million during its theatrical run in 1984, which would equate to over $366 million today. Are you excited that the Gremlins reboot is finally moving forward? Let us know what you think below.