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Gremlins remake may be dead, but here’s how it can be saved

If the Gremlins reboot happens, then it needs puppets, say original creative team

Zach Galligan in Gremlins
Zach Galligan in Gremlins

Regular Tim Burton collaborator and author of Pride And Prejudice And Zombies Seth Grahame-Smith offered an update and on the long mooted (or threatened) reboot of Joe Dante’s 80s classic Gremlins and it’s good news for the skeptics.

“I think we just ran out of steam,” Grahame-Smith told Entertainment Weekly.

“It’s one of those things where everybody got busy doing other things. It’s something I would love to come back to, but right now Steven [Spielberg]’s making two movies back to back and Chris Columbus is busy.

“We’re all taking a five-minute break on that.”

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We caught up with original star Zach Galligan last year to celebrate the film’s 30th anniversary and he was lukewarm on the idea of a reboot, telling us “I think it’s logical, but I haven’t seen anything, so it’s just a blank canvas at the moment.

“I think if they’re smart they’ll at least do animatronics for Gizmo and maybe CGI on some of the other things.”

Visual FX man and original Gremlins model maker Chris Walas echoed Galligan’s call for practical effects.

“I’m not sure how an update would work, and more importantly I don’t know how feasible it is to hit that delicate balance of horror, comedy and heart that Joe managed.

“I know CGI is the way things are done these days,” Walas added, “but I think the fact that we used puppets allowed the audience to accept the fantasy level of the film. I’d hate to see the Gremlins redone as pure CGI, simply because I think they would lose a lot of their uniqueness.”

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