Check Out A Rejected Gremlins Pitch From Damian Shannon And Mark Swift

Check Out A Rejected Gremlins Pitch From Damian Shannon And Mark Swift

Screenwriters Damian Shannon and Mark Swift pitched an idea for a new Gremlins movie. The idea was rejected, so they posted it on twitter.

Shannon and Swift work closely together and have collaborated on Disney’s Genie, The Baywatch movie, Friday the 13th, Freddy Vs Jason, Shark Tale and more. But they didn’t find quite the same success with their pitch for a new Gremlins movie.

The two page intro begins in Tibet where bribery and an eventual gunfight results in the theft of a familiar looking carved wooden box, the box is of little value when compared to what’s inside. Further bribery of customs officials finds the box and its occupants aboard a plane.

“…the most important rule, the rule you can never forget – no matter how much he cries, or how much he begs, never, never feed him after midnight.”

Playing on one of the famous rules from the original Gremlins films and the differing timelines of an international flight, things go awry very quickly on the plane with disastrous consequences.

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Although the concept was rejected by the studio, the idea behind this introduction feels very much in-keeping with the feel of the first two films released in 1984 (Gremlins) and 1990 (Gremlins 2). Now Damian Shannon and Mark Swift have released both pages of their pitch on twitter for fans to read and comment on. Read on.

A third Gremlins film is currently in development.


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Will Harrison

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    February 07, 2016

    Gremlins is one of my all-time favourites. I’m a little on the fence about a third film coming out but this sort of thing could work I suppose.


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