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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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