Back in October, we dropped a bomb of a scoop, reporting that not only would Syfy be making a new feature film based on the Chiodo brothers’ Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988), but they’d also be revisiting Critters, which launched in 1986 under the direction of Stephen Herek. While we don’t have any updates on the new Klowns project, we do have some interesting news on Critters.
Last year, it was announced that Verizon’s go90 has ordered “Critters: A New Binge” from Blue Ribbon Content, the Warner Bros. Television Group’s digital studio. Zombeaver‘s Jordan Rubin was attached to direct what would be released on mobile devices, similar to go90’s “Snatchers” and “La Quinceañera”. Since then, Verizon shut down go90, which put this project in peril.
Thankfully, instead of doing a mobile series, a new Critters is in the works as a feature film with plans to shoot this coming January in South Africa, says Production Weekly.
While there are no plot details or director just yet, the producers lend credence to my story from last October: Adam Friedlander and Armand Leo, the former who is credited as co-producer on Syfy’s Leprechaun Returns as well as their Lake Placid: Legacy.
Critters followed a group of small, furry aliens that make lunch out of the locals in a farming town. Leonardo DiCaprio made his film debut in the third Critters.
We’ll update with casting and director news as it comes in.