If you like your Christmas classics on the darker side, have we got Gremlinly good news for you.
For those who eschew the traditional cheery, cheesy, carolling Christmas flicks for actual classics like Die Hard or Nightmare Before Christmas, then you’ll probably love Gremlins too.
Well it so happens that Chris Columbus, the writer of the original film, has finished writing Gremlins 3.
Even better, he’s said it’s seriously dark, going back to the old, twisted, dark comedy of the first film.
Columbus didn’t write the sequel, so it’s no wonder that there’s such a dip in quality in The New Batch.
But worry not, Columbus told /Film:
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.
I never realised how much I needed a Gremlins 3 until I heard this news.
Even more promisingly, Columbus has assured that the use of CGI (computer generated imagery) will be minimal, and that puppetry will still be centre stage to putting Gizmo and his mischievous friends back on screen.
The only role that CGI will have is in making it easy to use puppetry.
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, 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.
Columbus, who directed the first two Harry Potter films, also addressed a crucial existential theory for the film.
When asked whether everything would be avoidable if Gizmo was ‘taken care of’, so to speak, he said, ‘That comes up in the movie, certainly.’
He seemed completely at ease with that suggestion, the monster:
I think it probably is a good idea to be honest with you.
Too many people are dying.
Please Warner Bros, hurry with the film, but promise to save Gizmo from the nasty humans.