Exclusive : Has Warner decided to do Gremlins 3!?

Domain renewal may suggest a Gizmo return in the near future…

Something tells me those mischievous, scantily-dressed midnight snackers The Kardashians the Gremlins will be back before a Green Screen in the coming months.

If a domain renewal is anything to go by, “Gremlins 3” could be creeping up on us.

Seems Warner Bros renewed Gremlins3.com last week, a domain they’ve owned since 2009.

Now that doesn’t mean the film is definitely happening, but it does suggest that for the past few years the water tower gang have been seriously considering putting Gizmo back on the front-line. And if I had to guess, I’d say the domain renewal reiterates their interest in doing a new “Gremlins” film.

When will it happen? Anyone’s guess, but with strong brand name franchises like “Mission : Impossible”, “The Muppets” and “Transformers” eating up large chunks of the multiplex receipts of late, I wouldn’t at all be surprised to discover it’s clandestinely in-development as we speak.

(The same date Warner Bros also renewed their registration for the still-possible “Green Lantern” sequel at GreenLantern2.com and the inevitable “Hangover 3” with TheHangover3.com.)

There’s a number of other rumoured Warner Bros sequels/prequels that the studio haven’t reserved domain names for – i.e “Blade Runner 2”, “Lost Boys 4”, “Police Academy 8”, “Lethal Weapon 5”, “The Goonies 2”- so it’d seem the studio isn’t in the business of ‘buying up all the domains for possible future product’. Everything url-wise they’ve snapped up has either been announced or is in development by looks.

I dropped a contact at Warner Bros a line (the same contact who) about the “Gremlins 3” find and whilst they said they’ve “heard things” they had nothing solid to fill a return email with.

“Gremlins” director Joe Dante told us last year that he didn’t expect Warner Bros to call him with a request to shepherd a second sequel to his 1984 hit – but he did expect the studio would soon do something with the property.

Here’s what Dante, who had a falling out with the studio a couple of years back, said :

I’m constantly asked ‘why the hold up on Gremlins 3? And that’s because those films were such products of the technology at the time. The movie was more limited and created by technology. They were puppets. The storylines, then, were based around what we could do with the Gremlins. Now, of course, anything is possible but it becomes a little more difficult to hone it on what your storyline would be. First of all, I won’t be asked. Second of all, I wouldn’t bring back the original cast because it’s been too long – the kids now would be familiar with the title, and familiar with Gizmo and Stripe, but as far as the actual [live-action] characters and story, they don’t know them.. it.

Dante’s probably correct about the original cast not being involved – can’t imagine Warner would bother with Zach Gallighan and Phoebe Cates; they’d go for more noteworthy names – and it’s a certainty that it’d be CGI now.

Again, no guarantee a third “Gremlins” will happen, but seems it’s definitely something Warner are looking at. And that’s cool with me. Heck, I’m happy to know that if a new “Ghostbusters” doesn’t happen, which quite frankly, I’m not convinced will happen, we might see that other 1984 franchise get a reprise.

Anyone keen for another “Gremlins”?

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