Seems one of the best ways to get dream projects going ahead now is to shy away from the cinema screen and focus on the small screen instead. Marvel removed the bad taste that was left in some comic fans mouths by redoing Daredevil as a gritty Netflix series, Westworld is getting a new lease of life on HBO, and we finally got to see Ash Williams back in action with the brilliant Ash vs the Evil Dead series.
TV stations and streaming outlets have helped to bring back many obscure and cult flicks, and proved they still had an audience. Wet Hot American Summer never stood a chance of getting a sequel made until Netflix stepped in and thank heavens they did! Could Stephen Chiodo’s Killer Klowns From Outer Space be the next in line for this kind of treatment?
For the unenlightened, Killer Klowns From Outer Space is a fondly remembered 1988 movie with a nostalgic 1950s style to it, but a definite 1980s sense of humor. Quite light-hearted for a film of its time (this is the slasher decade after all), it had some great sight gags and incredible-looking special effects (created by Stephen, Charles & Edward Chiodo – who also did the effects for Critters and Team America). The clowns themselves managed to be both hilarious and terrifying all at the same time. And if you love catchy theme songs that literally sing the title of the movie at you (which I do), they’ve got you covered there…
Now a sequel had been talked about for quite some time. With the exciting title of Return of the Killer Klowns from Outer Space in 3D, it would have Grant Cramer playing a drunk, whose tales of Killer Klowns fall on deaf ears with the dismissive town folk. He would take on the role as a mentor to a group of young street performers who would do battle against the Killer Klowns when they returned.
Wikipedia has a small entry about the sequel saying Grant’s character would be;
Somewhere between the energy of Kris Kristofferson’s character in Blade and Christopher Lloyd’s character in Back to the Future
However, this has so far not come to pass, though movement on the Klowns adventures has taken a new turn. The latest news is that on a recent edition of the Movie Podcast, Stephen Chiodo talked a little about the possibilities of a return of the klowns. This is an extract of what he had to say;
Right now, we are currently pursuing a long arch series for cable. We wondered, should we do a sequel to the first one or do we do a remake? We came up with a ‘requel’ – it’s a sequel and a remake. We’ve been developing this for a while. It’s a trilogy in four parts, and it really follows the continuing adventures of new people who are experiencing this phenomenon of a Klown invasion, and once in a while you see some of the old guys pop up and hear their stories – find out what happened over the last 25 years. It’s fucking great.
Okay there is nothing set in stone there. And we don’t know if anyone has picked this up yet, let alone ordered it to pilot, but at least we know something is being discussed. Episodic television is incredibly gripping right now, and an extension into the Killer Klown universe would be pretty fun to delve into. Maybe visit their home world, or see other places on planet earth they may have attacked for food and giggles. There is potential for a fun series here, but we’ll just have to wait and see if anything comes of it in the long run. Fingers crossed that it will.
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