Two classic '80s franchises are reportedly coming back to life, and it sounds like one of the original writers could be along for the ride.
The Tracking Board is reporting that Chris Columbus, who wrote the screenplays for 1985's The Goonies and 1984's Gremlins, is reportedly in talks to produce revivals of both of those fan-fave franchises in the coming years. Columbus has previously expressed an interest in revisiting Gremlins, so it's not too much of a stretch to think he would be game for this.
Additional details were relatively slim, though /Film noted the Gremlins project is reportedly a sequel-style reboot as opposed to a total remake of the original film, meaning it’d be set in the same “world” as the first film, just 30 years later. The story would apparently fall in line with the original tale, which followed a young boy who receives a strange pet that comes with even weirder rules. Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg are currently attached as producers.
Rumblings of a new Goonies flick have also been bouncing around for years, and if it ever does happen, we’re glad to hear Columbus might be involved. He helped put the heart and soul into the original, and it’d be a nice touch to have that guiding hand once again. Original director Richard Donner is already linked to return for Goonies 2, so if Columbus returns, they’ll essentially be getting the band back together.