It’s been over three years since Warner Bros. announced Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai, but the animated prequel series is finally closing in on a premiere. Warner Bros. has shared the first picture from the series, which features a younger version of Gizmo in Shanghai. Presumably this is also an indication of the show’s animation style.
Additionally, Warner Bros. Animation and Amblin Television have announced that the first episode of the series will premiere at the Annecy International Animation Festival in June. The HBO Max debut of the series will likely follow later that summer. However, HBO Max hasn’t set a specific date for the series on its schedule.
As noted above, this series will be a prequel to the original Gremlins film. In addition to Gizmo, the show will feature Sam Wing, a ten-year-old who will grow up to become Gizomo’s elderly owner in the first movie. Gizmo and Sam first meet in 1920 on the streets of Shanghai. Together, they embark on a journey through China to reunite Gizmo with his family and possibly to find a lost treasure as well. However, they will find themselves opposed by a wealthy industrialist and his personal army of Gremlins.
Izaac Wang will star in the series as Sam Wing, with Ming-Na Wen as Fong Wing, B. D. Wong as Hon Wing, James Hong as Grandpa Wing, Matthew Rhys as Riley Greene, Gabrielle Nevaeh Green as Elle, and A. J. Locascio as Gizmo,.
Original Gremlins director Joe Dante serves as a consulting producer on the show, which is executive produced by Tze Chun and Brendan Hay. Dante, Chun, and Hay will also be at the Annecy International Animation Festival’s Secrets of the Mogwai premiere for a Q&A session.
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