Undergraduate Alumnus Tze Chun ’02 Showrunner for 'Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai'
BY Felix van Kann, March 4, 2020
Warner Bros. Animation brings back the classic 1984 movie Gremlins in a new animated show co-executive produced and written by undergraduate alumnus Tze Chun ’02. Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai will be produced by Amblin Television and will premiere on HBO Max in 2021 with Chun set as the showrunner.
In the new animated television adaptation, Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai travels 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.
Zach Galligan in Gremlins (1984), courtesy of IMDb
Tze Chun is a writer, director, producer, and visual artist based in Los Angeles. Along with Salvatore Simeone, Chun co-founded TKO Studios to modernize the comic book industry, creatively and commercially. Prior to his comic book work, he was a writer/producer on Fox’s hit Batman prequel show Gotham, and wrote on ABC’s Once Upon A Time. He also wrote and directed the award-winning films Windowbreaker (Sundance 2007), Children of Invention (Sundance 2009), the Bryan Cranston thriller Cold Comes The Night (Sony), as well as an episode of Little America (Apple TV+) centering around his mother's life.
HBO Max is set to launch in May 2020 and while Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai doesn’t have a specific release date yet, it is set to premiere in 2021.