Gremlins Animated Prequel Gets Series Order at WarnerMedia Streaming

Gremlins animated prequel gets series order at WarnerMedia streaming

Variety is reporting that the half-hour Gremlins animated prequel series has received a 10-episode order series at the WarnerMedia streaming service.

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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.

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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.