‘Gremlins’ is reportedly returning as a cartoon TV series

The original film was released in 1984

Gremlins is set to return to screens as an animated TV series, it has been reported.

The surreal tale of Gizmo and his mischievous mogwai mates was released in 1984, with Joe Dante directing and Chris Columbus writing the now-iconic movie. Its bonkers sequel, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, arrived in 1990.

Now, Variety reports that Warner Bros. Television and Amblin Television are working on adapting the films for a new cartoon series. If made, the reboot will be available to view on the new streaming platform WarnerMedia.

According to the publication, the show will take the form of a prequel to the original films and follow a young Mr. Wing – played by Keye Luke in the two movies – “as he goes on adventures with the friendly mogwai Gizmo”.

TKO Studios co-founder Tze Chun is said to be on board as the series’ writer and executive producer. He’s recently worked on TV shows such as Gotham and Once Upon a Time. Chun also helmed the Bryan Cranston-starring movie, Cold Comes the Night (2013).

Warner Bros. and Amblin have reportedly declined to comment on the project.

Last month, Gremlins actor Dick Miller passed away at the age of 90. Best known for his role as Murray Futterman in the film, Miller also starred in The Terminator amongst many other movies across six decades.

Gremlins director Joe Dante paid tribute to the actor, posting: “We hit it off and every script thereafter I always looked for a role for Dick–not just because he was my friend but because I loved watching him act! But he leaves behind over 100 performances, a bio & a doc–not bad for a guy who hardly ever enjoyed a starring role.”