With “Pixels” on the way later this Summer, the film’s writer/director Chris Columbus has begun doing his first press for the movie and he recently spoke about another movie he’s involved in – the reboot of “Gremlins”.
Columbus famously penned the first film but opted out of the sequel. So why is he returning for the reboot as a producer? He explains his decision to Slashfilm:
“I am involved. Initially I remember back in ’84-’85 when they approached me and said, do you wanna write the sequel and I said, this is before the obsession with franchises. So my feeling was no. We’ve told the story, that was that’s 1980’s thinking.
And then suddenly all these years later, we were approached with an idea that really sounded like an interesting version. It’s not a remake of the movie at all. It’s a, it’s just a reinvention of it.”
Columbus would not go into detail about what that idea is, but did discuss the idea of some of the same characters from the original returning:
“Maybe. I mean, one thing I learned from the Star Wars trailer is – and actually, we knew this all along and J.J.’s been doing it and really doing it effectively, beautifully is touching into that emotional connection we have with our past. And he did it with Star Trek, just by casting Leonard Nimoy in that role in that movie, and really having that connection. So when I saw the Star Wars trailer and saw Chewie and Han Solo at the end of the trailer, I was, it was emotional. And that’s what everybody wanted for the past 30 years. We had wanted that. So for me, I would wanna get involved if we could create some sort of emotional connection even though it’s a new story.”
At last report, Carl Ellsworth (“Goosebumps”) is penning the script whilst both Columbus and Steven Spielberg will produce. No director is yet set.