Over 30 years after the original Critters arrived in theaters, the four-film franchise, which has been lying dormant since 1992, is now getting its own TV series!
Verizon’s go90 has ordered “Critters: A New Binge” from Blue Ribbon Content, the Warner Bros. Television Group’s digital studio. The creative team behind Zombeavers, Jordan Rubin, Jon Kaplan and Al Kaplan, will write and exec produce, with Rubin directing.
The plot for the series is as follows…
“The critters return to Earth in search of one of their kin, who was left behind years ago during an earlier mission. They land in Burbank, Calif., where they wreak havoc on a group of high schoolers and their families.”
Speaking with Slash Film, Rubin just teased what we can expect from the return of the Crites. For starters, the series is *not* an origin story, but a continuation.
“I wouldn’t say it’s an origin story because the Critters already exist in the world,” Rubin told the site. “They’re returning to Earth because they left one of their offspring behind that they’re trying to find. They’re being chased by the bounty hunters. So it’s a new binge, but it’s not an origin story per se like Batman Begins where you’re seeing from the ground up. This is a world that already exists that we’re joining.”
He continued to tease the storyline, “Let’s just say there was an impregnation that happened. There was a seed that was left behind and now that maybe has come to fruition, so they need to find it because they think it will help them maybe take over the galaxy.”
Rubin also noted that yes, there will be two bounty hunters in “A New Binge,” though don’t expect them to be Ug and Lee from the film franchise.
“I’d say it’s two new guys,” Rubin revealed. “But yeah, two new bounty hunters coming to Earth in their same Terminator type walk and taking on different forms as they encounter them.”
Perhaps most exciting of all, Rubin says that the series will feature practical puppets – and there’s a chance the Chiodo Brothers could be back to handle the effects!
“We spoke to [the Chiodos] and I’m trying to make that work. I think that would be amazing,” said Rubin. “It’s all a matter of budget and if it can work out with their schedule and where we shoot. If we shoot in Canada… I’m trying to make that work because I met with them and they were great, but we’re speaking to a couple different puppet houses.”
“I want to use animatronics as much as possible,” he added.
What else did we learn from the chat? Rubin is aiming to start filming in a couple months, with eight episodes planned – each episode will be around 10 minutes in length.