Joe Dante directed the original 1984 horror-comedy classic Gremlins, which made over $150M at the box office against a paltry $11M budget. Know what that means? Sequel time!!! Warner Bros. immediately asked Dante to return, but he declined, believing the original film's ending was complete and thus any sequel would be merely for profit. Years later, WB was able to lure Dante back, but in doing so they gave him COMPLETE CREATIVE CONTROL and three-times the budget he had for the first one. With that, Dante went hog-wild, making the bold choice to make the sequel satirized the first. And that, is how we ended up with 1990's Gremlin 2: The New Batch.
But on the latest episode of Key & Peele, the dynamic comedy duo come up with their own explanation on how Gremlin 2: The New Batch came about. Jordan Peele brilliant plays Star Magic Johnson Jr., a mysterious, yet flamboyant "Hollywood Sequel Doctor" who is brought in by the studio to help a stuffy Gremlin 2 writers room brainstorm and develop any batsh*t crazy idea that comes out of their mouths.
Check out the Gremlins 2 brainstorming session in the video below.
Gremlins 2: The New Batch - The popular and cheerfully malevolent creatures are back in this hilarious adventure which reunites most of the original cast and creative team of its 1984 smash hit prequel, directed by Joe Dante ("Innerspace," "Twilight Zone: The Movie") and produced by Academy Award, Emmy and Golden Globe-winner Steven Spielberg ("Munich," "War of the Worlds"). Sweethearts Billy and Kate leave Kingston Falls for the big city where they meet up once again with their Mogwai friend, Gizmo. Hilarity reigns when a series of accidents creates a new generation of Gremlins and Billy, Kate and Gizmo must once again use all their ingenuity to outwit the little creatures and prevent another comic catastrophe. Filled with enough sight gags, celebrity cameos and crazy tributes to old musicals to satisfy any movie lover, right down to the now infamous closing credits.
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