After a long wait (the last Gremlins movie was released in 1990) Gremlins 3 is coming and as usual, there are rules. Don’t get them wet. Don’t expose them to bright light.
Don’t feed them after midnight. Pretty simple. Follow these “Don’ts” and life remains fine. Of course, it wouldn’t be Gremlins if those rules were followed properly.
THE CAST OF GREMLINS 3 INCLUDES ZACH GALLIGAN AND OTHERS FROM THE ORIGINAL
It is unknown who, if any, from the original will return for Gremlins 3. Zack Galligan’s Billy Peltzer may be the one “for sure” back for the third since he was the main star in the first two movies.
In fact, Galligan had been one leading the charge to bring Gremlins back to their fans. His Twitter campaign started (or continued) the push to bring Gizmo and the company back.
The actor even went so far as to give fans a peek at what a Gremlins 3 would look like when he did a Mountain Dew commercial in character. It’s surprisingly charming and makes it easy to see a third film could be a great addition to the franchise.
So, when Gremlins 3 is made, look for Galligan to reprise his role. But what about the others?
Unfortunately, a couple of actors from the original are no longer with us, those being Hoyt Axton (Billy’s father who brings Gizmo to his son) and Dick Miller (Murry Futterman). Others are still around but because of their age have not been on the screen for quite some time.
One big question to answer would be the status of Phoebe Cates for Gremlins 3. She played Galligan’s girlfriend, Kate Beringer, in both movies so would she be willing to come back for a third?
Steven Spielberg brought Gremlins to life 36 years ago in 1984 and while he was the executive producer, the film was written by screenwriter/director Chris Columbus (The Goonies, Adventures in Babysitting) and directed by Joe Dante.
There has never been another sequel remotely like it.
Even today, it continues to delight and astonish viewers.
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GREMLINS 3: IS HAPPENING AND WE KNOW SOME DETAILS
As it stands now, today, Gremlins 3 is on the way. Unfortunately, it’s been standing that way for a long time. The writer of the original, Chris Columbus, explained to Slashfilm in a 2017 interview that his script was complete and that it is more reminiscent of the tone of the original Gremlins than the wild and crazy affair of the second movie.
It should be noted, Columbus did not pen the second film, those duties fell to screenwriter Charles S. Haas.
Chris Columbus continues talking about his plans for Gremlins 3 as often as possible. He told Collider that the movie will retain its original feel, and that means the creatures will not be CGI.
There seems to be a misunderstanding as to what exactly a Gremlins 3 will look like. According to Galligan, a third movie would be a sequel to the first two. But according to writer Columbus, the third movie will be a reboot. So, which is it?
Back in 2015 (we know, that IS a while back), Galligan answered the question in a Q & A session at London’s Prince Charles Cinema (via Games Radar) stating, “It’s not going to be a reboot.
THE FATE OF GIZMO
One thing we do know, well, sort of, would be the fate of that loveable Gizmo. If you remember, it all started with Gizmo and the Gremlin creatures created from his body.
According to Columbus, Gizmo may not survive Gremlins 3. He told Slashfilm, “I think [Gizmo’s death] is probably a good idea, to be honest,” he said. “Too many people are dying.” Say it isn’t so!!! That isn’t a good way to motivate fans to want to see this movie happen.
RELEASE DATE NOT YET KNOWN
With so many unknowns, it should not be a surprise to learn there is currently no release date for Gremlins 3. Given that the film does not have an official green light and delays from the COVID-19 pandemic have changed studios’ expectations, don’t expect to see a Gremlins 3 until at least 2023.