When I'm putting together packages to send to the fine customers of Akira The Don's Little Shop of Awesome, oftentimes I'll rummage in the middle drawer of my scrappy little old Ikea chest of drawers and see if there's something extra I can put in, like a doodle or a setlist or a lyric sheet. Famous Los Angelino JJ Fabulous ended up with the lyric sheet for Sky, spilling misstakes and all, and she writes:
I framed my beautiful lyrics sheet! We're breakin' it in by using it as a surface to break on weed before I hang it. Yeah! It's awsome! Here's a picture.
Which is nice. Reminds me of a great picture of Raekwon I saw once.
Good ole Rae.
So, I was stood on my doorstep earlier, not stinking out the house, and it struck me: where the fuck is Gremlins 3? I mean, it just doesn't make any sense. The original Gremlins was genuinely scary black comedy classic, and the hilarious Gremlins 2 - The New Batch opened the thing wide for unlimited sequel and merchandising opportunities.
That's from the Gameboy game, for example. Anyway. 1990's aforementioned Gremlins 2 was awesome and hugely popular, yet since then there has been nothing. Well, nothing except for this BT advert:
The internets says Gremlins 3 is happening - in 3D, natch... but series director Joe Dante isn't having anything to do with it. “They did that once, they won’t do it again,” Dante told Bloody Disgusting, laughing. “They made that mistake once. Its a moot point, they won’t be coming to me. I can tell you that for a fact.“
When asked to elaborate, Dante only grinned, saying, “I don’t have to. See Looney Tunes: Back in Action and I think that will explain it. That was not a pleasant experience.“
Still, Dante believes GREMLINS 3 will happen one of these days, whether he’s involved or not. “I find it hard to believe that they won’t make a GREMLINS 3 because they’re remaking ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING. I mean, they’re gonna remake everything."
Not that that need necessarily be a bad thing. Pacino's Scarface was a remake, after all. Even Bill Murray's been talking about doing Ghostbusters 3. "I was down in Austin at South by Southwest," he told GQ. "I got into it one night with a bunch of younger people who were like, Oh, I love Peter Venkman! I grew up with Peter Venkman! We got to talking, and the more we talked about it, the more I thought, Oh Christ, I should just do this thing."
Praise Jah, huh? One of the iller ideas as to how to approach the movie involves Venkman being dead, and thus a ghost.
"Well, I hadn't wanted to do the movie," Murray told GQ. "They kept asking, and I kept saying no. So once upon a time I said, just joking: "If you kill me off in the first reel, then fine, I'll do it." And then supposedly they came up with an idea where they kill me off and I was a ghost in the movie. Kinda clever, really."
See, Ghostbusters wasn't just two great movies, it was a brilliant animated series and accompanying Ladybird book line. The first magazine I remember making was a Real Ghostbusters how to guide, in which I showed the reader how to make action figures out of OXO Cube boxes and glue. It had staples in it and everything, when I was 7 or something, as it goes. I've still got that somewhere, I should dig it out.
Ah, here it is!
The Real Ghostbusters Book Of Things To Make Out Of Bits And Pieces
Back in the day, if you wanted an expanse of black in a picture, you had to use a whole felt pen up scribbling. Man, if you'd told me back then they were gonna invent Photoshop I might have combusted or something. You can click on that and read the whole thing if you like. It plays you a song when you make it fullscreen. I like it. What do you think of that magazine player anyway? I'm thinking of doing a fanzine with it.
While I was looking for that, I also found this picture I did of some GREMLINS when I was 9. I think I did most of it on a train. Notice the similarity to my Street Fighter sleeve.
Meanwhile back in 2010, I am recording ATD25. LITF!