Cancel the midnight snacks because the Gremlins are coming to television. Amblin Television announced “Gremlins Secrets of the Mogwai” on Monday afternoon, giving the animated-series a 2020 premiere date on the upcoming WarnerMedia Streaming Service.
The show is a prequel to the original “Gremlins” movie that hit theaters back in 1984. In the new story, viewers travel back to 1920s Shanghai to reveal the story of how 10-year-old Sam Wing (future shop owner Mr. Wing in the 1984 movie) met the young mogwai called Gizmo. Along with a teenage street thief named Elle, Sam and Gizmo take a perilous journey through the Chinese countryside. Along the way they encoutner, and sometimes battle, colorful monsters and spirits from Chinese folklore. On their quest to return Gizmo to his family and uncover a legendary treasure, they are pursued by a power-hungry industrialist and his growing army of evil gremlins.
Tze Chun is writing the screenplay for the series, with Dan Krall serving as Supervising Producer.
In the original film, a teenager’s dad buys a mogwai as a gift. The mogwai gets wet, which is against the rules, and five new mogwai are created. The new mogwais trick the teen into feeding them after midnight, which is also against the rules, which turn them into ferocious Gremlins.
Joe Dante directed “Gremlins” and the sequel “Gremlins 2: The New Batch,” and both films featured Zach Galligan and Phoebe Cates. The first film in the franchise opened in second-place with a $12.5M opening, just behind “Ghostbusters” which had a $13.5M debut. The sequel released in 1990 and opened in fourth-place overall with a $9M opening behind “Dick Tracy,” “Another 48 Hours,” and “Total Recall.” The lackluster debut of the second installment put the franchise on ice.
Amblin didn’t announce a premiere date, other than a 2020 release window for the animated series, and we will have to wait a little longer to get the voice cast for the new show.
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