Before he began a successful career as a director starting with 1987’s “Adventures in Babysitting,” Chris Columbus began his career as a screenwriter. Two of his first scripts have since gone on to become bonafide classics – “Gremlins” and “The Goonies”.
Both films, now just over thirty years old each, have also been the subject of rumored reboots in recent years, with new takes on both properties in early development. So far though, they still seem to be stuck in that stage and have yet to progress.
Ahead of the release of Columbus’ new film “Pixels,” the director is out doing press and was asked by Screen Crush how the two reboots are going. He says they are still in active development, but that they’re very slow going:
“The stuff that I’m involved with – the Gremlins and Goonies reboots, for instance – they would do that without me. So, I’m staying involved just so I can be protective and actually protect what people love about those movies so it doesn’t go off track. [This is] a slow process and I don’t think it will happen too quickly.”
Of the two, “Gremlins” seems to be the farthest along and at last report had Carl Ellsworth (“Red Eye,” “Disturbia”) working on the screenplay. Ellsworth has familiarity with 1980s remakes, having penned the recent remakes of “The Last House on the Left” and “Red Dawn”.