Years ago, I wrote part of a treatment for GREMLINS 3: THE LAST MOGWAI. I thought I had written a full treatment, but I apparently I just quit at some point. Man, I miss Gremlins.
It’s been ten years since the incident at Clamp Tower. Billy and Kate are biking across the George Washington Bridge, enjoying the day. Gizmo is strapped to the front of Billy’s bike wearing a special UV resistant suit and goggles engineered by Billy’s dad. A minor accident on the bridge causes a car to veer into the bike lane, causing Billy to lose control and almost go over the railing. He saves himself, but Gizmo tumbles through the railing and falls into the Hudson.
Panicked, Billy and Kate run to the water’s edge. Billy immediately leaps into the water and instantly realizes his mistake when he plunges into a crowd of newborn mogwai. He glances around underwater, panicked, but can see nothing in a hostile sea of fur. They’re biting him, scratching him. Kate helps pull him to safety. A few mogwai try to follow him out of the water but the harsh sunlight repels them. Kate and Billy see a group of mogwai congregating underneath the bridge, in the shade. They realize that Gizmo is lost, if not dead, and leave to alert the authorities to what has happened.
After the incident at Clamp Tower, Gremlins are an accepted truth, so the military takes the matter seriously and sweeps the Hudson. We don’t see any actual violence against mogwai in mogwai form, but Billy is told that a few stragglers have been eliminated, many were already done in by the sun, and an unknown amount escaped into the sewers, which are also being swept.
FIFTEEN YEARS LATER
New York City has been overrun by Gremlins, who live in the sewers during the day and take to the streets at night. The city has been quarantined, with nets in all the outlets blocking access to the ocean. It’s all been surprisingly effective. Over the years there have been random sightings outside of New York, once as far as China, but in all instances the Gremlins were easily dispatched without further incident.
New York City, now referred to as Gremlintown, has changed considerably in the last fifteen years. Large floodlights illuminate many of the city’s nooks and crannies, forcing the Gremlins to stick to the few shadows whenever they emerge. The city is lost, devoid of all human life. There are calls to nuke it, to eliminate the Gremlins for good. The Gremlins problem isn’t spreading, so the government is contempt to leave things where they lie. This is the new normal. Even the media has been paying less attention as nothing new happens. However, the rise of the Internet, social media, and video streaming sites ensures that Gremlintown is being covered 24/7. Lately, Gremlintown has been quieter than usual. The government has begun sending in military patrols under the belief that the gremlins are possibly dying out.
One particularly brave squad goes into the sewer to investigate the area with the most gremlin activity. A soldier stumbles upon an abandoned subway terminal full of cocoons the size of motorhomes. Before he can radio back, he’s pulled off screen. We hear a brief scream and then the sounds of bones crunching.
Billy and Kate relocated to Lincoln Falls after the incident, with Billy resuming his job at the bank under Gerald Hopkins, who’s now the manager. Brent is back, but he’s now the sheriff and on the verge of retiring. Murray Futterman is still complaining about foreign cars.
Billy and Kate are finally enjoying their life when it’s disturbed again by the arrival of Mr Wing, who explains that his grandfather was Gizmo’s original owner. Mr. Wing takes responsibility for the state of the world, explaining that Gizmo is the last of his kind and his grandfather knew the importance of safeguarding the last mogwai. Mr. Wing believes that the mogwai burden has fallen on him and it took a Gremlin showing up in China to make him realize that. He has since spent years researching the mogwai to better understand them and he’s come to two important conclusions. One, their reproduction cycle is finite. Every time a mogwai reproduces, their ability to reproduce further is lessened, until they simply can’t produce anymore spawn. Furthermore, those spawn automatically start out with a compromised reproductive system, meaning that they can only reproduce so much before they’re sterile as well. Wing doesn’t know a specific number, but he’s sure that at some point deep in the cycle there are mogwai produced that can’t spawn at all. This explains when the infestation didn’t spread any further than it did. Wing claims it’s a safe assumption that the gremlins infesting New York City are the last of their kind and there will be no more.
His second conclusion is more alarming. He learns that when Gremlins run out of food, they have the ability to absorb one another and form larger Gremlins. It’s an evolutionary response that allows them to hunt larger game. Wing believes this is why Gremlintown is currently so quiet. He’s believes they’re gestating. Wing, Billy, and Kate need to warn the government.
We see the giant cocoons. One is open. A giant, lumbering Gremlin is making his way down the subway tracks. This is our first glimpse of the big baddie and he’s terrifying. He sees movement out of the corner of his eye and turns quickly, but nothing is there. The sound of tiny footsteps causes him to look the other way, but still nothing. Now, he’s the one being hunted. A battle cry is heard and a mogwai – untransformed – flies out of the darkness and sticks the gremlin with a blade. The gremlin roars in pain and bats him away. Another mogwai from the other side, then one from behind, then another jumps off the subway platform onto the gremlin’s back and sticks a blade into him, dropping him to his knees. He’s weak, bleeding, breathing heavy. Everything is silent. Then we hear it: Gizmo’s song. Gizmo walks out of the darkness. He’s scared, battle-weary, the leader of the mogwai resistance. He nods his head and the mogwais finish the gremlin off.