Gremlins is a fine representation of a classic 80s movie, however the sequel, Gremlins 2: The New Batch was nowhere near the quality or fun of the original. It is almost like the producers somehow managed to feed the first film after midnight, and just like with a mogwai, things got out of control. While speaking with SlashFilm about a film he produced, Patti Cake$, the writer who penned the original script, Chris Columbus, mentioned that talks for a third Gremlins movie are heating up, and that he has a finished script.
“I’m really proud of the script. 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 sounds excited about the new script, and I am sure he would like to bring back the franchise’s good name. It seems like once a writer is able to revisit a franchise after a mediocre sequel, they see things in a different way. It is similar to a studio bringing in a new writer to do a revision of a script, and even though it is the same writer, it is more or less a fresh set of eyes. As for the amount of CGI he plans to use, I think fans of the original film will be pleased with what he had to say.
“Oh, without a doubt, minimal CGI. 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.”
CGI in the 80s wasn’t really an option like it is in today’s Hollywood. Back then it was used sparingly, and practical effects were most often used. By minimizing the use of CGI, it will be helpful to help recapture the nostalgia for fans of the original film, and show new viewers what made the first movie so good.
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