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Dark ‘Gremlins 3’ Script Ponders the Murder of Gizmo

Dark ‘Gremlins 3’ Script Ponders the Murder of Gizmo

After nearly destroying New York, one dark reality circles the Gremlins franchise: should Gizmo be eliminated?

This is exactly what /Film asked original screenwriter Chris Columbus, who allegedly has also completed a screenplay for the long-gestured Gremlins 3. Columbus said his script asks a question which may have been on fans’ minds since the original: if all the gremlins come from getting Gizmo wet and feeding his Mogwai offspring after midnight, should they kill Gizmo?!

“Very good observation,” Columbus exclaimed. “That comes up in the movie, certainly.”

That raises a number of ethical issues, the site notes. Gizmo himself has done nothing wrong. It’s human negligence that allows him to get soaked and lets the mischievous mogwai transform. Still, even Columbus thinks cute and loving Gizmo might not be worth the risk.

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“I think it probably is a good idea to be honest with you,” Columbus said. “Too many people are dying.”

Columbus backs this by explaining that his script returns to the macabre tone of the original film

“I’m really proud of the script,” Columbus said. “It is as twisted and dark as anything, so we’ll see. It’s always a budgetary conversation when we’re going to shoot it. I wanted to go back to the really twisted sensibility of the first movie. I found that was a very easy place for me to fall back into and start writing again so hopefully we’ll see that movie soon.”

Columbus also assured fans the film would still use puppets, adds the site, but visual effects could make puppetry easier to achieve than it was in 1984.

“Oh, without a doubt, minimal CGI,” Columbus said. “CGI will enable us to remove wires and make the puppeteers lives a little easier. It was brutal. It was like a marathon every night for those guys. In the bar scene alone there were 18 [or] 20 people behind the bar. No one had any space to move. It was just hellish for those guys so CGI will simplify that a little bit but it’s all puppets.”

A third Gremlins has been in the works for years and it’s currently unknown if Warner Bros. will ever put it into production. Add it to the list alongside Beetlejuice 2



  • If WB looks at how well horror is doing in 2017, they’d greenlight a Gremlins 3 that plays that aspect up while still maintaining a playful tone. Although, considering how brutally dark Columbus’s original draft of Gremlins, maybe they can’t let him go too dark.

    • Dion Staples

      it should be playfull-if it gets to dark it wouldnt fit in with the first 2 films

  • Munchie

    I remember Spielberg mentioned minimal cgi before Crystal Skull too.

    Also, Joe Dante or fuck off.

    • Hack Snyder

      “Joe Dante or fuck off.”
      Agreed, Chris Columbus is a solid writer but a lackluster director. Joe Dante is the biggest reason the old Gremlins films are great so either get him to direct 3 or don’t make 3.

    • Kristoffer Groves

      Kind of like the Thing prequel.

  • Simon Allen

    Just hurry up and make a movie already …..and MINIMAL CGI please .

  • Jonny Angel

    Dont hurt my little Gizmo

  • Flu-Like Symptoms

    Would love to see Gremlins 3.

  • KSE1977

    Not sure this movie needs to be made. Watched Gremlins on Blu-ray last year and it still works. I am sure a remake or reboot will end up being lifeless and panned.

  • GunsOfNavarone

    ‘Visual effects could make puppetry easier to achieve than it was in 1984’. – I seem to recall a similar thing being said about The Thing prequel and look what happened there.

  • Meisha’s Taint

    Don’t you fucking dare hurt Gizmo. I swear to god I’ll find you. Love that little guy

  • The most iconic sequence I remember from that franchise was when the old lady got killed in her chairlift. I felt sorry for her, Gremlins was like a mixture between comedy and could be quite serious and scary at certain points in the film. I remember some kids being scared to death of the Gremlins. When most of them saw Gizmo at the start of the film they thought it was going to be a cute film, until the vicious Gremlins appeared that is.

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