WarnerMedia has officially announced that an animated Gremlins TV series titled 'Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai' will air on their streaming service. The show will serve as a prequel to the 1984 cult-classic movie.
Most people growing up in the 80s have been exposed to the Gremlins movie which was released in 1984. The film, which is about a young man who receives a strange creature called a mogwai as a pet, which then spawns other creatures who transform into small, destructive, evil monsters went on to have a sequel, titled 'Gremlins 2: The New Batch' and released in 1990. Steven Speilberg served as executive producer of this commercial and critical success.
Hopefully this does well so we can get a third film.— ClassicRampage (comms closed til July 5) (@ClassyRampage) July 1, 2019
Despite some controversy that surrounded the movie due to claims of excessive violence, Gremlins has continued to receive praise over the years and is considered by many as one of the best films that America has enjoyed in the 1980s.
Now we see the series getting a massive reboot with 'Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai' which is an upcoming animated comedy-fantasy television series. The series will consist of 10 episodes and serve as a prequel to the 1984 and the 1990 film.
We're ready for a Gremlins 3! No reboots, no re-imaginings, just a long awaited, Joe Dante directed sequel 😈 (and yes i know am animated prequel is coming, but that doesn't count haha)— Todd Strickland (@CHEEZYSPAM) July 2, 2019
The official press release from Amblin Television, which is creating the show along with Warner Bros. Animation, adds some new details to that original announcement.
From WarnerMedia's announcement, we have confirmed that 'Gremlins Secrets of the Mogwai' is produced by Amblin Television in association with Warner Bros. Animation. The series is being written by Tze Chun and executive produced by Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey (The Americans, and the Animaniacs and Amazing Stories revivals) and Sam Register (Teen Titans Go! and the upcoming Animaniacs revival) with Chun and Brendan Hay (Dawn of the Croods, Robot Chicken) serving as co-executive producers. Dan Krall (Coraline, Scooby-Doo!) will serve as the supervising producer.
The plot that they have teased us with seems to be a thrilling one. Going by the official description in their press release, in this animated television prequel to the original Gremlins, Amlin Television announced that "we 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, encountering, and sometimes battling, 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."
A year ago I walked into Amblin to pitch this Gremlins animated prequel. Thank you to Warner Bros and WarnerMedia for making this a reality! #Gremlins #GremlinsSecretsOfTheMogwai https://t.co/HlhTIwscAb— TZE CHUN (@thetzechun) July 1, 2019
Each episode will run 30 minutes and the season will run for 10 episodes. Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai is just one of several shows being teased for WarnerMedia’s as-yet-untitled streaming service (which also doesn’t have a launch date); another big one for genre fans is the female-focused Dune: The Sisterhood from director Denis Villeneuve, who is also helming the upcoming big-screen Dune adaptation.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai is the most recent series earmarked for WarnerMedia's upcoming streaming service, which is set to launch in beta in the fourth quarter of this year. It joins the Kaley Cuoco thriller The Flight Attendant; Paul Feig's comedic anthology Love Life starring Anna Kendrick; the Ansel Egort drama Tokyo Vice; Dune: The Sisterhood; the half-hour comedy Made for Love; and the limited series Station Eleven.
We haven't received many details yet about WarnerMedia's upcoming online streaming platform, which will host this series, including its launch date (though it is expected that the show will only debut sometime next year).
The prices for this upcoming streaming service is reported to be around $16-17 per month. As for Amblin TV, this is their second animated series in production, following Animaniacs which is on Hulu.