America’s favourite comedy-horror franchise is set to hit the screens once more. ‘Gremlins: Secrets of Mogwai’ will be a TV series based on the original movie ‘Gremlins’ released in 1984.
The new show will air on HBO Max streaming platform in the future. The franchise had featured the original ‘Gremlins’ movie and its 1990 sequel ‘Gremlins: The New Batch’ up till now.
- What can fans expect from ‘Gremlins: Secrets of Mogwai’?
- What was the original movie about?
- Who will feature in the new show?
- When will ‘Secrets of Mogwai’ come out?
The new show will be based in Shanghai in the 1920s. The central theme of the ‘Gremlins’ story is the tiny, mischievous, and often destructive creatures that are spawned off by supernatural creatures known as ‘mogwai’. The new show ‘Gremlins: Secrets of Mogwai’ will be about the life of Sam Wing and his mogwai named Gizmo.
Here’s everything we know so far about ‘Gremlins: Secrets of Mogwai’!
What can fans expect from ‘Gremlins: Secrets of Mogwai’?
After nearly 3 decades of missing the little mogwai creatures, fans will finally get something new from their favourite movie series. The new show, however, might not please all its fans as it will not be a reboot of the classic movies but a prequel to the original movie set in Shanghai of the 1920s.
It will most likely stream on WarnerMedia’s new streaming service, HBO Max. The series overview read as follows:
“Along with a teenage street thief named Elle, Sam and Gizmo take a perilous journey through the Chinese countryside, encountering and, sometimes, battling colourful 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”.
It is not clear at the moment whether the series will go on for more than one season but it has been confirmed that the first season will have 10 episodes of half-hour each.
The new show will be written and produced by Hollywood veteran Tze Chun, as he revealed in a tweet. The show will join one of the many new shows being geared up for release on the new streaming service including but now limited to ‘Dune: The Sisterhood’.
What was the original movie about?
In the original movie, Randall Peltzer, an inventor, gifts his son Billy a curious little furry creature called mogwai (the term means ‘devil’ in Cantonese) from a Chinese antique store.
The gift came with 3 instructions, to not expose it to sunlight, not to feed it after midnight, and to not let it come in contact with water in any case. The mogwai is named “Gizmo”. Unfortunately, a friend of Billy spills a glass of water on Gizmo, and out came 5 more mogwais, only much more aggressive, led by the ring leader Stripe. Stripe managed to hatch evil reptilian creatures called gremlins by deceiving Billy.
The gremlins kill Billy’s science teacher Mr. Hanson and proceed to wreak havoc all over their town. Billy, with the help of his girlfriend Kate and Gizmo, manages to kill all the gremlins who were busy watching a movie in the theatre.
At the end of the movie, Gizmo exposes Stripe to sunlight thus ending his rampage. Mr. Wing, the shopkeeper who sold Gizmo to Mr. Randall, takes Gizmo back, declaring the Randalls to be too incompetent to care for the mogwai creatures.
Who will feature in the new show?
WarnerMedia has confirmed that many of the movie’s original stars will be seen in ‘Gremlins: Secret of Mogwai’. Show creator Tze Chun said, in an interview with a leading Hollywood magazine, “There’s definitely going to be some exciting cameos from people.
What’s been really exciting is that Joe Dante is a consulting producer on the project. He looked at scripts, he looked at the artwork. It’s been really amazing. And I know that a lot of people on the crew and the writers are huge ‘Gremlins’ fans. So it’s been really great”.
When will ‘Secrets of Mogwai’ come out?
Although the new show was ordered over a year ago, it was recently revealed that the show will debut on HBO Max sometime next year, i.e. 2021.
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