The director of Gremlins and Gremlins 2: The New Batch Joe Dante will be consulting on the upcoming HBO Max animated prequel series, Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai. Though it is not revealed yet to what extent he will be consulting for the series.
The news was revealed by Dante himself in an interview with Daily Dead,
“Yeah, I’m consulting on it. It’s good. It’s going to be good, yeah. I’m very pleased with the way it’s going. It’s a prequel. It goes back to the character Mr. Wing when he was a boy, and when he first discovered the Mogwai. It’s set in China in the ’20s, and it’s animated and it’s very big in the sense that 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. And it’s probably not going to be done until 2021 or maybe the end of 2020. It’s for HBO Max, a new streaming variant of HBO. I think this is a really clever way to get back into that. I think that they found it pretty difficult to make a sequel to Gremlins 2, because of just the way I made it. And they just could never really quite figure out how to do it. So I think this is a great way to sort of get the franchise back on people’s minds.”
The animated prequel is set in 1920’s Shanghai and will tell the story of a young Sam Wing (who’ll grow up to be the future shop owner Mr. Wing by the 1948 movie) meeting the young Mogwai called Grizmo. The series will be written Tze Chun (Gotham), with Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey who will be executive producing the series for Amblin Television. Brendan Hay and Chun will both serve as executive producers while Dan Krall will be on board as supervising producer.
The series is expected to release on HBO Max in 2021.