Gremlins animated prequel gets series order at WarnerMedia streaming
Set in 1920s Shanghai, Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai will tell the story of how 10-year-old Sam Wing (future shop owner Mr. Wing in the 1984 movie) 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.
Tze Chun (Children of Invention, Gotham) will write and co-executive produce the series. Gremlins first took the box office by storm in director Joe Dante’s 1984 Christmas/horror/comedy. In 1990, Dante returned for Gremlins 2: The New Batch, which had a much lighter tongue-in-cheek tone than the first film.
Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey will executive producer for Amblin Television along with Sam Register. Brendan Hay will serve as co-executive producer with Dan Krall serving as supervising producer. The series is produced by Amblin in association with Warner Bros. Animation.
The announcement comes as WarnerMedia dives into the streaming service game, joining Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, CBS All Access, the soon-to-be-launched Disney+, along with many, many others. Original content, including Kaley Cuoco’s The Flight Attendant, Dune: The Sisterhood, Tokyo Voice starring Ansel Elgort, and Anna Kendrick’s Love Life, won’t be expected to arrive on Warner’s streaming platform until sometime in 2020.