First look at ‘Gremlins’ prequel

Concept art for HBO Max’s upcoming animated series “Gremlins : Secrets of the Mogwai” has been released. Co-executive producer Tze Chun dropped the imagery on his twitter.

The series is said to be a period piece that would follow Mr. Wing, the Chinese grandfather played in the films by Keye Luke, as a young man as he goes on adventures with the friendly Mogwai Gizmo. The series will be produced by Warner Bros. Television and Amblin Television. Both Warner Bros. and Amblin produced the films on which the show will be based. Tze Chun also writes.

The original “Gremlins” film was released in 1984, and a sequel “Gremlins 2: The New Batch” in 1990. Joe Dante directed both films.

Gizmo will feature in the animated “Gremlins” series

That third “Gremlins” movie, which has a script but little else, has been in development for quite a few years now. Original scribe Chris Columbus is back on scripting duties, and promised recently a much “grittier” “Gremlins” than the 1990 sequel.

“I’m really proud of the script,” Columbus said. “It is as twisted and dark as anything, so we’ll see. It’s always a budgetary conversation when we’re going to shoot it. I wanted to go back to the really twisted sensibility of the first movie. I found that was a very easy place for me to fall back into and start writing again so hopefully we’ll see that movie soon.”