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We don’t know much about what the long-rumored Gremlins 3 will be, other than the fact that we’re fairly confident it will eventually exist. They’re looking at picking up the Gremlins story 30 years later, so the film will likely be equal parts reboot and sequel in much the same vein as Jurassic World. But what do you do with the Gremlins 30 years after the fact? It turns out that one of the films non-puppet stars actually has a few ideas.
Zach Galligan apparently wrote a treatment for a third Gremlins movie several years ago, so he has his own ideas about where the franchise could go from here. He gave IGN a few different suggestions for future film plots and we’d be lying if we weren’t intrigued by a few of them. Most are focused on the idea of creating new creatures through a couple different methods. Galligan explains:
Do you know what a fractal is? A fractal is when you have one thing that’s a piece, and when you put them together it makes an entire piece. So if you had a little baby pyramid and you put other pyramids together you’d make one big pyramid. So the gremlins [would] all mass together and form one huge gremlin. Kind of like a Godzilla-sized one that bursts out of London knocking over Big Ben and stuff like that."
Yep. In the most interesting of his suggestions, Gizmo is sold on eBay by Billy’s daughter because the family needs money and Billy apparently doesn’t know how to use the parental controls on his web browser. Gizmo ends up in the UK where Gremlins inevitably spawn (because otherwise what are we all doing in the theater) and escape into the Tube system. There we discover that if Gremlins survive for more than 24 hours, something that had never happened in the previous films, they can actually combine into larger creatures. Like the lions forming Voltron, the Gremlins all combine into a single giant Godzilla sized Gremlin that then wreaks havoc on London. It’s an intriguing idea that would give the creature designers involved new and interesting things to do with the classic Gremlin formula. Galligan actually goes on to suggest multiple levels of transformation for the Gremlins overtime, including a potential ending where, after turning into numerous hideous beasts, they eventually transform into something beautiful and harmless.
Additional ideas include the fact that we’ve only ever seen the Mogwai multiply due to water, so what if other liquids caused different effects? This would again give us different Gremlins through a slightly different method.
Galligan's final idea is to start the film with a different Mogwai, a female located in some remote part of the world. When standard Gremlins shenanigans ensue, Billy and Gizmo are called in to battle the threat. This one gives us the happy ending of Gizmo finding a soulmate, which would certainly be a lovely image to see the two little fur balls in love. We also love the idea that Billy and Gizmo have spent the last 30 years traveling the world and fighting the Gremlin threat that the rest of the world doesn’t know exists. Billy Peltzer is about the least likely action hero the world would ever see, which makes this idea perfect.
Would you like to see one of these ideas become Gremlins 3? What’s your sequel idea?