Gizmo is finally making a comeback. Amblin and Warner Bros. have officially partnered to bring Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai to the WarnerMedia streaming service. The company has ordered the show to series, with a 10-episode season on the way. We previously heard that the show was in development back in February, but it had not been officially given the go-ahead at that time.
Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai will center on Sam Wing, aka Mr. Wing, from the original movie in a prequel series set years before the events of the movies. The series is said to be adult-focused. No premiere date has been set just yet. Tze Chun (Gotham) is on board as writer of the series. To go along with the announcement, the first piece of artwork for the series has been released, which showcases Gizmo's silhouette and the title of the prequel. Clearly, they're not feeling the need to reveal too much, for the time being.
Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai takes the action to 1920s Shanghai. It centers on the story of how a then 10-year-old Sam Wing met the beloved Mogwai we've come to know as Gizmo. Along with a teenage street thief named Elle, Sam and Gizmo set out on a treacherous journey through the Chinese countryside. On the way, they'll encounter, and even battle, colorful monsters and spirits from Chinese folklore. On their quest to bring Gizmo back to his family and uncover a mythical treasure, they are followed by a power-hungry industrialist and his growing army of evil gremlins.
This comes as WarnerMedia is looking to compete in the streaming game. They've already ordered several high-profile shows, including Love Lifes from Paul Feig and The Flight Attendant starring Kaley Cuoco. Netflix is currently leading the pack with nearly 150 million subscribers worldwide. Meanwhile, Disney+ is set to make a splashy debut this November and Apple TV+ is also looking to make waves with content from big names such as J.J. Abrams and Oprah Winfrey. To say the least, the streaming competition is getting fierce. In order to attract subscribers, it takes premium content. As such, Warner Bros. finally found the right way to bring this beloved franchise back after many, many years away.
The series is executive produced by Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey (The Americans, Animaniacs), alongside Sam Register (Teen Titans Go!). Chun and Brendan Hay (Dawn of the Croods, Robot Chicken) are also on board as co-executive producers. Dan Krall (Coraline, Scooby-Doo!) will serve as supervising producer. It may not be Gremlins 3, but it's a start. And who knows? Maybe this could drum up some interest in actually getting the long-awaited sequel going if this goes well? Either way, this is going to be the first new on-screen project within the franchise in nearly 30 years. We'll be sure to keep you posted as Amblin and Warner reveal any further details on the project. Be sure to check out the new art for the series for yourself.