According to The Hollywood Reporter, a Gremlins animated prequel series is headed straight for the upcoming WarnerMedia streaming service.
The impending service is looking to add more original content before its launch in the fourth-quarter, and the iconic Gremlins have come to the rescue. The animated prequel will be comprised of 10 episodes and will follow a young Sam Wing and Gizmo on an adventure during the 1920s in Shanghai. The show will be a part of the adult-orientated fare on the digital platform.
Here’s the synopsis:
Titled Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai, the series is set in Shanghai in the 1920s and reveals the story of how 10-year-old Sam Wing (future shop owner Mr. Wing in the 1984 feature film) 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.
Gotham scribe Tze Chun is set to serve as the writer on the new Gremlins series. Amblin Television and Warner Bros. are set to produce, both of which conceived the original film back in the 80s. It is no surprise that they are revisiting the property, if anything it’s shocking they’ve waited this long.
The 1984 film was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $153.1 million dollars domestically on a $11 million budget. It has since been a classic that blurred the lines between family-friendly entertainment and horror.
SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER