‘Gremlins 3’ script is finished and writer hints at grisly twist

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Remember “Gremlins”? Who could forget the 1984 Christmas classic starring Gizmo, the adorable “mogwai” who requires three simple rules? The original film had a sequel, “Gremlins 2: The New Batch” in 1990. And now, 27 years later, a third installment is in the works. And it might have a grisly twist.

Chris Columbus penned the original script and just finished the forthcoming third. He hints the central character could meet a dark fate.

When asked about the possibility of Gizmo being killed off, Columbus told Slash Film, “Very good observation. That comes up in the movie, certainly.”

Hmm, while we’re not sure if that necessarily means that Gizmo is on the chopping block, it’s enough to make me want to see the movie to find out! (Full disclosure: I had a stuffed toy Gimzo as a kid that served as my security toy for way too long).

Columbus said the new film will be reminiscent of the original.

“I’m really proud of the script,” Columbus said. “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.”

Wondering if the new “Gremlins” will be a bit too scary to show your kids? Well, you may want to think twice.

The original “Gremlins” had a PG rating. However, that’s only because the rating of PG-13 didn’t exist when the film premiered in 1984. In fact, the film’s mix of family-friendly humor and sometimes-terrifying horror scenes is partly responsible for the introduction of the PG-13 rating.

Although the new rating was introduced later in the year “Gremlins” came out, it was not re-rated and is still listed as PG today. So, viewer beware!


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