Do We Need A Gremlins Reboot?

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SEAN: Wait, I like the angle you just took to this. Putting Gizmo and Spike on the same level as Dracula and Frankenstein is an approach that helps me accept the reboot. I'm OK with telling a story that uses the characters again, Does this mean that we have to do the origin again, though? Tell me, what do you think we need to have in a Gremlins reboot to satisfy the die-hard fan base?

KRISTY: How much of an origin do you need? Establish the three rules in act one. Act Two a kid breaks them and mayhem is unleashed. Though I wouldn't complain if there was a callback to the Gremlins theme song. That still gives me goosebumps. It's not like the gremlins have a convoluted superhero-like backstory to unfurl. They are mysterious little monsters whose malice is unleashed when a kid breaks rules. It's a pretty solid device that I think merits revisiting.

SEAN: But do you know what I'd prefer? And we're thinking outside the box, which Hollywood won't do. But the rules had to come from somewhere. Trial by error, right? Tell a story that explains where the Gremlins came from. End with Gizmo landing in that unique Chinatown store. Make it a Gremlins Begins movie, with other people learning about what goes wrong when you feed and water your pets!

KRISTY: I don't know. As much as I like Prometheus, I think that strategy is dangerous. I tend to prefer my monsters mysterious. It makes the fear less manageable.

SEAN: Well, it's happening, whether we like it or not. Last point. You mention practical effects. I'd bet the farm that if they are bringing the Gremlins back, they'll be CGI. What are your thoughts on that?

KRISTY: Frankly, that would disappoint me. I much prefer when effects look tangible, and besides it's still a workable direction to go. They used some puppets in Attack the Block, and I heard Mama makes use of puppetry too. Plus, if you're going to have any tips to the original, I'd say use of puppetry is a must. Though I grudgingly admit you'll probably be right on that count.

SEAN: Unless it's Guillermo Del Toro's Gremlins ... but I think that's too much to ask for.

KRISTY: Oh man! That would be amazing!

SEAN: Agreed. Let's hold out hope.

Do We Need A Gremlins Reboot?

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