'Gremlins' Director Joe Dante Says He Won't Be Involved in Remake

'Gremlins'

Dante believes Hollywood studios are playing it safe: "They remake pictures that people just didn't want to see remade."

Gremlins director Joe Dante said on Saturday that he will not be participating in a recently announced Gremlins reboot.

In an interview earlier this week, Gremlins’ original screenwriter Chris Columbus told MTV News that there is a new writer on board for the remake.

“I’ve seen what can happen when sequels actually work and you certainly can’t improve on the original, but you can have a different direction,” Columbus said. “So I was open to the idea and I think we have a good take on it.”

Dante was speaking at the Riviera Maya Film Festival this weekend after presenting his zom-com Burying the Ex, starring Anton Yelchin (Star Trek), Alexandra Daddario (True Detective) and Ashley Greene (Twilight).

During a news conference, Dante was asked if he would be involved in the Gremlins remake. “No, because I don’t own the project,” he said. “It’s owned by other people."

Dante believes Hollywood studios are playing it far too conservatively nowadays, as evidenced by all the remakes.

"They remake pictures that people just didn't want to see remade," Dante said. "Did anybody really want to see another RoboCop?"

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