New ‘Gremlins’ movie is not a remake or reboot, says Zach Galligan

Galligan says the new movie could be 'something along the lines of Jurassic World''

The new Gremlins movie will not be a remake or reboot, according to the original film’s star Zach Galligan.

Galligan played Billy Peltzer in the classic 1984 comedy horror movie and its 1990 sequel. Both films centered on a seemingly adorable furry creature called Gizmo who produces a brood of evil relatives when he gets wet or is fed after midnight.

Earlier this year it was reported that screenwriter Carl Ellsworth (Red Eye, Disturbia) has been hired to write a third Gremlins film. Both Chris Columbus, who wrote the original 1984 film, and Steven Spielberg, who served as an executive producer, are said to be involved.

During a special screening of Gremlins in London last night, which the BBC attended, Galligan gave the audience an update on the new movie.

“It’s not going to be a reboot. 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,” Galligan said. “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.”

Continuing, Galligan admitted that he does not know if he will appear in the new movie, but added: “I think there is probably a decent chance since I’m one of the few people left standing from the first movie.”

Hoyt Axton, who played the father of Galligan’s character, died in 1999, and another original Gremlins star, Phoebe Cates, retired from acting in 1994. However, both Corey Feldman and Howie Mandel – who provided the voice of Gizmo – remain active in the entertainment industry.

“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.