An animated Gremlins prequel series, set years before the 1984 live-action original, is on the way to the in-the-works WarnerMedia streaming service.
The company has officially announced that a half-hour prequel series titled Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai has been ordered. There will be 10 episodes in the first season.
The plot will take place in 1920s Shanghai and will be following 10-year-old Sam Wing (he’s the shop owner, Mr. Wing, in the 1984 movie). We’ll see how he met the young Mogwai called Gizmo and how they, along with a teen street thief named Elle, went on a question to return Gizmo to his family and uncover a legendary treasure. Their perilous journey through the Chinese countryside finds them encountering, and sometimes battling, colourful monsters and spirits from Chinese folklore.
Gotham writer and co-producer Tze Chun will pen the series and will co executive producer with Brendan Hay (Dawn of the Croods, Robot Chicken).
WarnerMedia is looking at a number of projects as it gears up to launch a service to compete with the likes of Netflix and Amazon. According to Deadline, they’re also currently eyeing reboots of TV classics Step by Step, Perfect Strangers, Family Matters, and Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper .