Creator Promises Puppets Instead of CGI

Director Chris Columbus says a script for Gremlins 3 exists and that he would use minimal CGI, opting for practical puppets.

Columbus is definitely interested in doing another Gremlins film, and that it would be a reboot rather than an outright sequel.

Columbus wrote the original Gremlins, which was directed by Joe Dante. But Columbus has been actively trying to get Gremlins 3 off the ground for some time now. While promoting his latest movie, The Christmas Chronicles 2, the filmmaker was asked about the status of the sequel. Here’s what he had to say to Collider –

“I would love to do it. I wrote a script, so there is an existing script. We’re working out some rights issues right now, so we’re just trying to figure out when the best time to make that film would be. I would still do it the same way, I would do it as tangible puppets, not CGI. Maybe having, you know we had one stop-motion scene in the first Gremlins, but I don’t think I’d use much CGI in Gremlins 3.”

Columbus had previously teased a “dark” and “twisted” sequel a few years back. More recently, Carl Ellsworth wrote a draft of the movie which was being thought of as a direct sequel to the original that would have been a “passing-the-baton story.” There is no telling what is contained within the draft that Columbus is interested in making.

Original star Zach Galligan has repeatedly expressed interest to return. The actor started a Twitter campaign to try and get Gremlins 3 made back in 2018. It proved unsuccessful at the time, but that conversation is still happening.

Nothing about Gremlins 3 is set in stone, but it sounds like Columbus has a plan!