Is there to be a “Gremlins 3?”

It’s been 26 years since the last Gremlins movie. Gremlins 2: A New Batch hit theaters in 1990 as the sequel to 1984’s Gremlins. Still, fans are curious about and hungry for a third movie.

Luckily for those fans, a third installment to the series is something one of its star actors is not only interested in, but is also offering updates.

Zach Galligan discussed the potential future for a third Gremlins film in an interview with BleedingCool. Here’s what he had to say…

I think you can tell what’s happening with Gremlins 3 the same way you could tell with Gremlins 2. It’s the same people and they tend to work the same way. There is a huge time gap but it’s Warner Bros., Spielberg and Chris Columbus. Now, Chris Columbus didn’t have anything to do with Gremlins 2 – because by his own admission he didn’t see a franchise. He kind of regrets it I believe, but he was ‘one and done’ I don’t think he cared for Gremlins 2 and the direction some of the characters went in, so he’s kind of wrested control back. Everything I’m quoting is stuff he’s publicly said…

’There will never be a remake, there will never be a reboot there will only be a sequel.’

He has been aggressively working on a Gremlins 3 that takes place in present day. He tantalizingly says there will be some new characters and some old characters – I guess in the style of a Force Awakens type sequel – One thing we know for sure is they have a writer on board. The only insight I can give is the following: There was a 6-year gap between Gremlins and Gremlins 2 most of that time was spent with them writing and rejecting ideas and re-writing. One of the ideas that was rejected was ‘gremlins in Vegas’ they went with that for 18 months and felt it was too expensive. Eventually they came up with the tower idea, where essentially I’m working for Donald Trump our new President! That took six years to happen. Carl Ellsworth has been apparently working on the script for a year and a half now. If no new names start appearing on the IMDb listing then that means they like the script. If new names start appearing, y’know Kevin Smith appears, it means it’s back in rewrites with a new vision. Warner Bros definitely wants it, Chris Columbus wants to do it because he’d like to undo the Gremlins 2 thing as he wasn’t thrilled with it and Spielberg wants to do it I imagine – because he’s Spielberg – and why wouldn’t he want to do it. Once he’s found the right script he can attach his name and make a ton of money. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Galligan’s words about the film aren’t an entirely new and concrete response — or any sort of confirmation — that a third Gremlins film is in the works. However, building a buzz for a film typically helps get a studio interested — just ask Deadpool. The film being in development, at least in some capacity, is exciting news, and Chris Columbus did say in 2015 that the studio would make a third Gremlins film “with or without him.”

How do you feel about Gremlins 3? Were you a fan of either of the first two films? What about Zach Galligan’s assertion that Chris Columbus simply wishes to “retcon” Gremlins 2: A New Batch out of the entire franchise with this proposed third movie? Would you rather see this franchise just be left alone instead?
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