When we last reported on the possibility of a Gremlins remake/reboot, the status was basically, “Sure, anything’s possible, but don’t count on it any time soon.” Today, that status remains mostly unchanged except Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) and David Katzenberg (The Hard Times of RJ Berger) have reportedly signed on to produce. According to Bloody Disgusting, Warner Bros. is “officially moving ahead”, but production likely remains at a very early stage since Steven Spielberg, who executive produced the original through his Amblin Entertainment, still has to give the green light.
No director or writer is attached, although I assume it’s possible that Grahame-Smith could pen the flick. Grahame-Smith recently completed a draft for a sequel to Beetlejuice, so he’s experienced with trying to resurrect 80s movies that should best be left alone.
For our final Toy Fair image article, we’re doing a huge roundup of NECA toy images. While they’re making figures/toys for all the regular movies and TV shows you’d expect, the highlight of NECA’s 2013 lineup is the 60′s Batman featuring Adam West! The reason it’s taken so long to get an Adam West Batman is lawyers. From what I’ve been told, Warner Bros. owns Batman, while 20th Century Fox owns the show. For years the two companies have been trying to work out an agreement to release DVDs/Blu-rays and new merchandise with little success. However, late last year, the two companies finally worked out a deal and 2013 should see a lot of new toys and hopefully a home video release. Which is great news for the fans.
In addition to checking out the first 60′s Batman toy in quite some time, you can also see new toys for Aliens, A Christmas Story, Captain America, Michael Keaton’s Batman, Carrie, Gremlins, E.T., Harry Potter, Hulk, Iron Man, Pacific Rim, Predator, Prometheus, Scarface, Rambo, The Hobbit, The Hunger Games, Thor, and a lot more.
As you’ve probably noticed, over the past 48 hours, we’ve posted a ton of toy articles. The reason is every February in New York City, the toy industry holds its yearly convention (Toy Fair) and it’s where every toy manufacturer shows off their upcoming products. If you’re a fan of movie related toys, Lego, or just cool stuff, Toy Fair is basically a huge preview of what you’ll be spending your money on this year.
Anyway, while walking around the show yesterday, Samantha Cheirif took a number of pictures and this batch covers Mezco Toyz Breaking Bad and NECA’s Carrie, Kick-Ass 2, Pacific Rim, Prometheus, Aliens, Rambo, The Lone Ranger, The Hobbit, Gremlins and more. Hit the jump to check out the images.
Eventually, all successful franchises will probably get a reboot. It’s simply a matter of when. The notion of rebooting Gremlins has been kicked around for a while, and Vulture is reporting that Warner Bros. is in talks with Steven Spielberg‘s Amblin Entetainment to reboot the 1984 horror comedy. Of course, there are tons of caveats: these negotiations have been on and off for years, Spielberg wants too much money, and his creative input would be required. Nevertheless, Vulture’s sources say “it might just actually come off this time.” The website didn’t specify why this time would be any different, and how anything has substantially changed.
So there you have it: a Gremlins reboot could possibly happen at some point in the future. Thankfully, this means we currently don’t have to fret at the prospect of some hacky director coming along to create CGI gremlins that lack the fun and chaotic energy director Joe Dante brought to the original films.
I’m a big fan of Tugg, especially since they had The Princess Bride in their library, which allowed us to host an awesome screening of the film back in October. Tugg has added more titles to their library, and they’ve lined up a nice variety of holiday movies. There are the ones that are fun for the whole family like Elf, Miracle on 34th Street, and Christmas Vacation, but they also have the films that are for a more mature audience. While Tugg bills them as “feel-bad”, I don’t feel anything but joy from watching Die Hard and Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang.
Hit the jump to check out “Tugg’s Top 8 Feel-Bad Holiday Films”. And for Atlanta readers, we’re hosting a screening of one of these movies… Look for an announcement soon.
A minor classic from the Golden Age of blockbusters… one of two films that led to the PG-13 rating… the definitive “I hate Christmas” movie… whatever terms you want to use, Gremlins definitely doesn’t suffer for descriptors. Neither does its cult classic sequel, which a number of people love even more than the first film. Yet the franchise’s combined cache has apparently fallen so far that Warners won’t give it the Blu-ray release it deserves. Instead, the two films get a quick transfer to the new format devoid of bells or whistles. Neither movie deserves such a fate. Hit the jump for my full review of Gremlins and Gremlins 2 on Blu-ray.
Let’s face it: the holidays are here and most people’s brains are already on vacation. Since it’s just too hard to come up with an original movie idea right now, a lot of talk has turned to potential sequels. Some franchises, like Gremlins and Mission: Impossible already have more than one movie in the books while others, such as Colombiana and Pineapple Express are open to sequels just because they can be. So we’ve ransacked the internets to find some updates on sequels you’ve been dying to see and others you never dreamed of being produced. Hit the jump to check them out.
Earlier today I finally attended my first Toy Fair in New York City. As a former toy collector, I’ve always wanted to check out the biggest toy show of the year. While I thought the aisles would be decorated with action figures and super heroes, the reality is, most of the toys on display are aimed at little kids. However, even though I was a bit let down by Toy Fair, I did manage to snap 100 pictures. Included are all the movie related toys that were on display (minus Hasbro as they were off site). So if you’d like to see toys for Green Lantern, Happy Feet 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, Star Wars, The Walking Dead, Gremlins, the Flux Capacitor from Back to the Future, The Smurfs, Fraggle Rock, Batman, Justice League, and tons of other random things, hit the jump!
With every favorites list – be it book, TV, or film – comes a bit of controversy. Several titles make the list that many feel shouldn’t have, while others are excluded that probably deserved mention. Last week we posted our Top 10 Christmas films, which more or less covered the films we felt reflected the spirit of the holidays. Due to the popularity (or lack thereof) of that list, we decided to put together an alternate Holiday Films collection without the constraints imposed upon the original list. In this instance we were free to include any and all films that took place within the holiday, whether they exuded a radiance of yuletide spirit or not. So, without further ado, hit the jump for Collider’s Alternate List of Christmas Films.
Back in January, we reported the rumor (which came from Marketsaw whose stories must be taken with a warehouse full of salt) that Gremlins 3 may be happening and happening in 3D. Empire spoke with the director of the first two films, Joe Dante, this weekend and Dante said unequivocally that Gremlins 3 was not happening, could therefore not happen in 2D or 3D, and the studio could not ask for him to direct a project that didn’t exist. However, Dante believes that the property is too valuable for the studio not to give it a remake or a sequel, but that doesn’t mean they’ll ask him to return. In any case, at this moment nothing is happening.
Dante’s next film, The Hole 3D, is still looking for U.S. distribution. It is his first film since 2003′s underrated Looney Tunes: Back in Action. Hit the jump to check out the trailer for The Hole 3D.