In London last night the original Gremlins was aired at a special screening with a Q&A. The original star, Zack Galligan (who played Billy Peltzer), was on hand to give the audience an update of the new movie (as yet unnamed).
“It’s not going to be a reboot,” Galligan told the crowd. “It will not be a remake in any way, shape, or form. Chris Columbus has come out and said that the first film is very near and dear to his heart and as long as he is alive it will never be remade. So the only thing they will be, and apparently are going to be doing, is something along the lines of like Jurassic World, where it will be 30 years later. All of the elements from the first, at least the first Gremlins movie — Chris Columbus didn’t really have much to do with the second Gremlins movie so I don’t know how he feels about that — but all of the things and events that happened in the first one will be referred to. And apparently some of the characters from the first one will reappear in the new one they are planning right now. I swear on my life, I don’t know if I’m in it or not, but I think there is probably a decent chance since I’m one of the few people left standing from the first movie.”
“Hopefully they won’t use too much CGI, or the CGI will be really good like the Planet Of The Apes movies, and hopefully we’ll have some practical effects too,” Galligan also said of the new movie.