Screenwriter Chris Columbus says Gremlins 3 script is 'twisted and dark'

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Aug 15, 2017, 5:12 PM EDT

Wait a minute, there's a script written for Gremlins 3?

The last we heard, original Gremlins screenwriter Chris Columbus was "involved" with a long-awaited third movie but wasn't writing it himself (see an excerpt from one abandoned attempt here). That was more than two years ago, however, and now Columbus says that not only has he penned the screenplay himself, but his new story harkens back to the "twisted and dark" feel of that first, classic film. Columbus told Slashfilm:

“I’m really proud of the script. It is as twisted and dark as anything, so we’ll see. It’s always a budgetary conversation when we’re going to shoot it. I wanted to go back to the really twisted sensibility of the first movie. I found that was a very easy place for me to fall back into and start writing again so hopefully we’ll see that movie soon.”

The original Gremlins, despite its blackly comedic tone, had enough horrific moments and grisly killings that it was one of two movies -- the other being Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom -- that spurred the creation of the PG-13 movie rating by the MPAA.

But 1990's Gremlins 2: The New Batch was a much more broad and satiric affair, commenting not just on the first movie but on other films as well, while the antics of the gremlins were in a more slapstick vein and less macabre than their first go-round on screen. Although there has been talk of a third film for years, the fact that Columbus has actually completed a script may be the first indication that the dormant Gremlins franchise may finally become a trilogy.

One thing that Columbus wanted to reassure fans about, however, was that the little monsters would be animatronic puppets as in the first two movies, and not CG apparitions:

“Oh, without a doubt, minimal CGI ... CGI will enable us to remove wires and make the puppeteers lives a little easier. It was brutal. It was like a marathon every night for those guys. In the bar scene alone there were 18 [or] 20 people behind the bar. No one had any space to move. It was just hellish for those guys so CGI will simplify that a little bit but it’s all puppets.”

The film continues to work its way through the development process at Warner Bros., so don't expect any announcements on a cast or release date for a while yet — if it ever happens at all. But is Gremlins 3 a movie you'd like to see, and what are your thoughts on the script Columbus says he's written?