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'Gremlins' remake gets a writer
Gremlins (1984) - photo by Travis Poppleton
The Gremlins remake is one of those stories that gets an update about every six months or so, usually when movie news is a bit slow, and content sites are looking for traffic.

Its almost always the same bit about someone hearing WB is finally getting serious about moving forward, and then a final line about Steven Spielberg and Chris Columbus totally being onboard. You know, stuff you can say without including dates or details that someone might hold you to at a later time.

Well, is actually reporting something with a little more substance than the usual fluff, saying WB has hired Carl Ellsworth to write the screenplay and wait for it Spielberg and Columbus are set to produce.

It looks like IMDB has updated its Gremlins page to reflect the news, which means at the very least, WB is kicking the project around again.

If accurate, the latest story will probably have more than a few Gremlins fans on edge since Ellsworth is the pen behind the Red Dawn remake and the upcoming Goosebumps project. Hes landed a few mild successes with Disturbia and Red Eye, but there isnt really a project on his resume that screams hes the right man for the job.

And then theres always the question of, do we really need this remake in the first place?

As a casual fan of the original, and a guy who finds the sequel so out there its impossible not to enjoy, I dont have any issues with the right team revisiting the property. Unfortunately, Ellsworth isnt a name Id ever put on that team, so Im content to keep reading about minor updates for another 10 years. Maybe in 2025 WB will finally have a remake formula worthy of bringing Gizmo back to the big screen.