Animated GREMLINS Prequel Series Gets Greenlight

Back in February it was revealed that WarnerMedia was in development on a animated series based on the ‘Gremlins’ franchise. Forward to now and the studio has announced that it has ordered ‘Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai,’ a 10-episode, half-hour prequel to the 1984 classic.

Set in 1920s Shanghai, the series will tell the story of how 10-year-old Sam Wing (future shop owner Mr. Wing in the 1984 movie) met the young Mogwai called Gizmo.

Along with a teenage street thief named Elle, Sam and Gizmo take a perilous journey through the Chinese countryside, encountering, and sometimes battling, colorful monsters and spirits from Chinese folklore. On their quest to return Gizmo to his family and uncover a legendary treasure, they are pursued by a power-hungry industrialist and his growing army of evil Gremlins.

Tze Chun (‘Cold Comes the Night,’ ‘Gotham’) will serve as the writer on the series, with Amblin Television producing in association with Warner Bros. Animation. Darryl Frank (‘The Americans,’ ‘Animaniacs,’ ‘Amazing Stories’), Justin Falvey (‘The Americans,’ ‘Animaniacs,’ ‘Amazing Stories’) and Sam Register (‘Teen Titans Go!,’ ‘Animaniacs’) will executive produce with Chun and Brendan Hay (‘Dawn of the Croods,’ ‘Robot Chicken’) serving as co-EP. Dan Krall (‘Coraline,’ ‘Scooby-Doo!’) will serve as supervising producer. A release date has yet to be announced.