'Gremlins' Prequel 'Secrets of the Mogwai' series ordered by WarnerMedia

10-episode animated show reveals how Sam Wing met Gizmo as a child


Calling all ’80s kids: WarnerMedia has ordered “Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai,” a 10-episode, half-hour prequel to the original movie, “Gremlins,” for its upcoming unnamed streaming service.

Per its official description: In the animated television adaptation, we travel back to 1920s Shanghai to reveal 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 will write the script. Darryl Frank (“The Americans, “Animaniacs,” “Amazing Stories”), Justin Falvey (“The Americans,” “Animaniacs,” “Amazing Stories”) and Sam Register (“Teen Titans Go!” and the upcoming series “Animaniacs”)  will executive produce, with Chun and Brendan Hay (“Dawn of the Croods,” “Robot Chicken”) serving as co-executive producers. Dan Krall (“Coraline,” “Scooby-Doo!”) will serve as supervising producer.

“Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai” hails from Amblin Television in association with Warner Bros. Animation.

Few details are available about WarnerMedia’s upcoming streaming service, which will house the series, including its launch date (though its expected to debut sometime next year) and exact price (reported to be $16-17 per month).

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