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Max Landis’ Pitch for a Found Footage ‘Gremlins’ Reboot Was Kinda Great

“If you got a Gremlin for Christmas, you would be filming it all the time.”

Last we heard, original Gremlins screenwriter Chris Columbus revealed that he has completed a script for a new Gremlins movie, which will ponder the depressing idea of Gizmo’s murder being the only way to stop the madness. It’s not the first time we’ve heard of another installment being in the works, and we’re sure it won’t be the last.

On a related note, it’s just come to our attention that Max Landis (Chronicle, American Ultra) pitched his own take on a Gremlins reboot not too long ago. Landis enthusiastically pitched the concept direct to Gremlins director Joe Dante last year on the Talkhouse Film Podcast, revealing that he had previously pitched it to Warner Bros.

Thanks to Arrow in the Head for the heads up on this one.

As Landis explained to Dante, his take on Gremlins would’ve brought Gizmo and friends into the found footage arena, with the first act playing out like “a cute animal YouTube video” after a young girl is gifted two Mogwai for Christmas. Of course, they eventually get wet, and act two becomes a full-on found footage disaster movie.

And that’s when things would’ve gotten really fun: “In the third act of the movie, the Gremlins get the camera,” Landis excitedly explained to Dante.

You can check out the whole pitch below.



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COMMENTS

27 Comments
  • Christopher Nickerson

    Found-footage Gremlins? They finally found a way to make me not want to third Gremlins movie

  • Tony Harley

    Don’t encourage him

  • MODOK

    It’s not a bad idea, and it gives off a fun Gremlins 2 vibe, but it’s several years too late. Found-footage has been so overdone that it’d be really hard to get audiences interested again. Had this been 2010 or so, he might’ve really had something.

    I think they should do a reverse Gremlins, where cuddly and oh-so-adorable mogwai are dangerously overpopulated and invasive because they’re now immune to becoming gremlins. A scientist must reverse-engineer a gremlin to get things under control. Voila, a gremlin gets to be the protagonist for once, while the annoying mogwai finally get their comeuppance.

  • Kyle Ord

    Omg no

    I hate found footage movies

  • DJV1985

    Other than one or two found footage films I’ve literally banned, that’s BANNED!!!!! any found footage films. As horrible as this sounds they are almost always made on near zero budgets with people who have either can’t act well or have just started acting school and think they are the next Scream Queen/King but in reality they end up being crap.

    And you can tell I mean it because I’ve used 5 exclamation points lol

  • Grimphantom

    Max Landis doesn’t get the message that his ideas are terrible…..

    • Ocelot006 .

      Landis gets the message that his ideas get him money.

  • RedNeoCon

    Some found footage is ok. The first Paranormal Activity was pretty solid.

  • GinsuVictim

    Found footage films are the hardest for me to watch. They have to get me interested right off the bat, but usually they start out too mundane for too long. I think the best of them have come and gone.

    • The Drucifer

      Lake Mungo and the Rec films slammed the. All in that coffin years ago.

  • Necro

    Personally I want to see ‘Stripe’ rip ‘Gizmo’ to fucking pieces!

  • SutterKane

    Terrible idea and this kid is annoying.

  • JackJonston24

    The guy is a talentless hack and a pretentious dick,also his father is a criminal who got away with murder,won’t give my money to human trash

  • JackJonston24

    Also i’m glad Hollywood is done with him,all of the movies that he has done were total flops except Chronicle which was mostly because of Josh Trank anyway,though even that guy has proved to be a one trick pony hack .

  • Edgar Pinecone

    I can count all the good found footage movies on one hand.

  • Motion Fiction Media

    So basically the same movie, but with terrible camera work?

  • CelticBull

    As good as Chronicle was… Man, I hate Max Landis.

  • Brian McNatt

    My dislike of Max Landis runs deep, but the idea itself isn’t that bad. Like, it’s not finished-film good, but it’s at least first draft good. The internet is practically built upon the mounds of cute cat/dog videos, so someone filming cute Mogwai’s rings true and seems like it could be an avenue for the subversive themes of the first two films. I can’t see the food-footage route working the whole way through, Gremlins filming things would be too chaotic. But up until the Gremlins are unleashed? I could see it.

  • T D V

    Meh, idea isn’t as bad as I thought it would be. But found-footage is a dated as hell gimmick. Maybe they could incorporate some found footage into a new Gremlins movie, but that shouldn’t be how the entirety of the movie is shot.

    I think they’ll inevitably just go with a remake and maybe some of the original actors will cameo or something.

    But I think it could easily end up like the ghostbusters reboot….ie terrible.

  • Meisha’s Taint

    I like the idea of gremlins with a camera but it doesn’t need to be found footage for that they can just pick up a camera and boom, we see through the camera now.

  • MulderIsBack

    Dada-da-daa dada. Dada-da-daa dada. Dada-da-daa dadada-dada daaaa!

  • Evi

    That’s not too bad. Gremlins movies are at their best when they degenerate into utter anarchy so the idea of those critters actually getting a hold of a camera and filming a bunch of stuff is actually really appealing.

  • Trav

    I’m someone who is not a huge fan of found footage movies, but this idea sounds awesome.

  • Dylan Hurst

    It’s not a bad idea, and it gives off a fun Gremlins 2 vibe, but it’s several years too late. Found-footage has been so overdone that it’d be really hard to get audiences interested again. Had this been 2010 or so, he might’ve really had something.I think they should do a reverse Gremlins, where cuddly and oh-so-adorable mogwai are dangerously overpopulated and invasive because they’re now immune to becoming gremlins. A scientist must reverse-engineer a gremlin to get things under control. Voila, a gremlin gets to be the protagonist for once, while the annoying mogwai finally get their comeuppance.

  • bossayed

    It’s not a bad idea, and it gives off a fun Gremlins 2 vibe, but it’s several years too late. Found-footage has been so overdone that it’d be really hard to get audiences interested again. Had this been 2010 or so, he might’ve really had something.I think they should do a reverse Gremlins, where cuddly and oh-so-adorable mogwai are dangerously overpopulated and invasive because they’re now immune to becoming gremlins. A scientist must reverse-engineer a gremlin to get things under control. Voila, a gremlin gets to be the protagonist for once, while the annoying mogwai finally get their comeuppance.

  • Hugh Manatey

    Not a bad idea, but also a good way to instantly make your movie seem dated.

  • John Connor

    I love Max Landis.

    The reason idiots hate him is because Max makes them feel stupid and jealous.

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