Rumors of a third Gremlins movie have been circulating for years. Apparently finding a suitable plot to follow Gremlins 2 was somewhat of a challenge, tied up by debates on how interested the general public would be. Fortunately for Gizmo fans, a plan has come to fruition.
"Secrets of the Mogwai" will be a prequel going back a full century to China and will tell the story of how Sam Wing, the curiosities shop owner first shown in Gremlins, came to meet Gizmo.
Before we all begin debating whether CGI will be utilized over practical effects, go in knowing that this will be a 10-episode animated series. As original Gremlin's director, Joe Dante, stated, "...if you tried to shoot it as a theatrical film, it would be outrageously expensive. But in animation, you kind of get away with almost anything you can think of."
It sounds like the show will have a vibe closer to the original movie than the campy slapstick approach that the sequel offered.
"Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai" is being developed for HBO Max, which is to be a stand alone streaming app for HBO content. The service launches this May, but Secrets of the Mogwai will not likely air until 2021.
Full interview with Joe Dante available on Daily Dead.