For those of us who remember a youth tinged with the vague threat of finding a feasting gremlin in our kitchens, there is good news: We might get a chance to pass that trauma down to today’s young, impressionable audience. Per Variety, A Gremlins animated series is in development for WarnerMedia’s upcoming, yet-to-be-titled streaming service.
Produced by Warner Bros. Television and Amblin Television, the series will follow a young Mr. Wing as he embarks on adventures with the friendly Mogwai, Gizmo. There isn’t much more information regarding the premise or tone just yet, but with Tze Chun - whose TV credits include Gotham and Once Upon A Time - attached to write and executive produce, the potential for a darker show is still there.
The first Gremlins film was released in 1984 and became a major box office success, leading to a sequel and an odd, but sustained fingerprint on pop culture. It also led to a pretty amazing anti-substance teen PSA for teens starring Mr. Wing and Gizmo themselves, managing an effective blend of adorable creepy.
The Gremlins series will be part of an effort to bring more in-house properties to current audiences via new content. During the recent TCA winder press tour, Turner’s chief creative officer Kevin Reilly subtly hinted that certain “crown jewels of Warner” will also eventually make their way to the WarnerMedia streaming service. No names were named, but we can guess that Friends would be among those prized properties, unless the determined folks at Netflix decide to shell out another ungodly amount to keep it in its clutches.