It has been announced that HBO Max will release an animated TV series prequel for the beloved Gremlins film franchise, titled Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai. Now showrunner Tze Chun gave the scoop on how the upcoming anime series will be previewed and how important it is to the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.
Gremlins: Secret of the Mogwai tells the story of everyone’s favorite Mogwai, Gizmo, as he is transported from his home in the Himalayan mountains to 1920s Shanghai. Along the way, he befriends a young boy named Sam Wing (Izaac Wang), who decides to help Gizmo return home. Together, they come face to face with creatures from Chinese folklore as well as an industrialist who is building an army of dangerous Gremlins.
One of the important steps in setting up Gremlins: Spirit of the Mogwai to life launched the idea of Gremlins executive producer, Steven Spielberg. “I was incredibly nervous. I knew I was nervous when I was stressing out in the parking lot,” Chun recalled. “We pitched and it went well. what Joe is happy?”, referring to Gremlins director Joe Dante.
Chun also discussed the importance of having Asian representation in all aspects of the series. “I remember the first day I was writing the pilot, and I had to write as the first line: ‘Note to reader. Unless otherwise specified, all characters are Chinese,’ Chun said. never thought I’d live long enough for that to happen, that I could write that in the script for a show for a studio that was going to be distributed on a major network.”
Gremlins: Secret of the Mogwai features an incredible cast, including Ming Na Wen like Fong Wing, James Hong like grandfather, BD Wong like Hon Wing, Izaac Wang like Sam Wing, Gabrielle Green like her, Matthew Rhys like Riley Greene, and A.J. Locascio like Gizmo. HBO Max recently released images of the characters played by Wing, Wen, Wong, and Hong. Earlier this year, fans also got their first look at Gizmo’s version of the series.
The show’s pilot originally premiered on June 13, 2022 at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, which is held in Annecy, France. The series is set to air as part of Cartoon Network ACME Party to block. Chun, Daryl Frank, justin falvey, Registerand Brendan Hay will all serve as executive producers on the series. Gremlins: Spirit of the Mogwai was also renewed for a second season in February 2021, ahead of the series premiere.