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.
“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…