Welcome to the age of the Gremlins cinematic universe.
According to Variety, WarnerMedia has set its sights on a potential animated series built from the Gremlins universe of films. The would-be show, which is intended for WarnerMedia's upcoming streaming service, would reportedly center on a younger version of Mr. Wing and that cuddly but disastrous little creature Mogwai Gizmo. It's said to be a period series, which means fans would likely journey back in time to when the grandpa we knew from Joe Dante's original film series — portrayed by the late Keye Luke in Gremlins and Gremlins 2: The New Batch — was a much younger man.
Details about WarnerMedia's streaming service are still pretty scarce at this time, but one thing we do know is that the studio intends to move its original properties — or, as TBS and TNT president Kevin Reilly puts it, the "crown jewels" of the company — over to the platform for the sake of "exclusivity."
When thinking of what Warner Bros. properties might make the migration, the obvious shows and movies to come to mind are Harry Potter, the DC Universe and maybe even shows like Friends and Gilmore Girls. While we were all looking at those, though, the studio itself has apparently been mining its creative catalog to pull out something a little more unexpected.
We've said before that Gremlins is one of those horror films ripe for the small-screen treatment, so as long as the old rules apply here — no bright lights or food after midnight, and heaven forbid any sprinklers go off to make the mogwai multiply — this is certainly welcome news.
While we don't know what development stage this Gremlins cartoon may be in, Variety reports that Tze Chun is on board to write and executive produce the project. If it comes to fruition, the Gremlins animated series would be one of the first known original offerings for WarnerMedia's upcoming streaming hub, which is expected to begin is launch some time this year, with multiple tiers of subscription options. Original content isn't expected to hit the service until 2020.