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Warner Bros. is dousing Gremlins with water in hopes of reproducing the original movie’s success.
According to Vulture, the studio is in talks with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment to reboot the 1984 horror comedy. The website’s sources say these negotiations have occurred on plenty of occasions over the years, but haven’t amounted to anything just yet. This time, however, may be different.
Joe Dante (Innerspace, The ‘Burbs) directed the original film about a young man’s unusual pet that accidentally spawns a legion of tiny monsters that wreak havoc on a small town. Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Dick Miller, Hoyt Axton and Corey Feldman starred in the movie, which featured a script by Chris Columbus (The Goonies, Young Sherlock Holmes).
Dante, Galligan, Cates and Miller returned in 1990 for Gremlins 2: The New Batch, which took a far more satirical tone. Aside from a few commercials, video games and some awesome NECA action figures, though, the franchise has been dormant since then, making it ripe for the remake machine if Warner Bros. can figure out a deal.