There might be some people out there who've been secretly counting the days until another chapter in the Gremlins saga is finally produced. Perhaps they're wishing for another appearance by Zach Gallighan and Gizmo. Or, maybe even pining for Phoebe Cates to brighten an otherwise dreary day? I can understand that last one -- Phoebe Cates was a babe. But in truth, as much as I liked the original movie, I am not one of those people who longs for another go-around. And neither, it seems, are Gremlin's director Joe Dante or producer Michael Finnell -- at least if the new chapter goes direct to DVD.

According to Movie Hole, both men would not welcome a third Gremlins movie if it wasn't a theatrical release. In an interview with Empire Magazine, cited in the article, producer Finell mentioned that Warner Premiere -- the new direct-to-video division of Warner Bros. -- may be in the mood for some more hot, wet Gremlin action. "They might do a low-budget direct-to-DVD version," but neither he nor director Joe Dante would want to be involved. Dante also chimed in: "There may be places for the jokes to go. But you've got a company who owns the rights to a movie that they don't quite understand. I think it's going to be difficult for them to make another one."

That's an interesting argument, Mr. Dante, but is it that hard to understand the movie or Warner's motivations for wanting another one? Maybe you're not giving Warner Bros. enough credit? I think they know exactly what they've got -- a way to cash in and make some quick bucks without having to spend too much or worry too much about quality. What's so hard to understand about that? Sounds like business as usual to me.

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