Almost thirty years after its initial release in 1988, Killer Klowns from Outer Space is more popular today than it has ever been. It's the true definition of a cult classic, and it's one that continues to get discovered by young audiences. So of course those associated with the rights are looking to bring the property back. But instead of a big screen remake, we're getting a small screen 'requel', described as a sequel and a reboot. The man behind this madness is original director and Klown puppeteer Stephen Chiodo, who also co-wrote the original movie.
Talks of a Killer Klowns from Outer Space sequel have run rampant in recent years, but nothing has ever been officially locked down. Stephen Chiodo recently appeared on the Movie Crypt Podcast to offer an update on the property. And it sounds like the franchise will get new life in the form of a TV series. Here's what Stephen Chiodo had to say about the project, which he is currently developing.
"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."
As you can see, the director's statement is a little puzzling. It's not clear if only the TV show is being planned. Or if there will be a movie component that arrives in four parts. Or if there is a movie trilogy, with the TV component serving as the fourth part? It's still kind of blurry. And at this time, no cable network has picked up the series, so who knows where it will air. If it does land on a pay cable network like Starz, then the show can go all the way with its violence ala Ash Vs. Evil Dead. But the original Killer Klowns from Outer Space wasn't necessarily that bloody or violent.
In the original Killer Klowns from Outer Space, when teenagers Mike (Grant Cramer) and Debbie (Suzanne Snyder) see a comet crash outside their sleepy small town, they investigate and discover a pack of murderous aliens who look very much like circus clowns. They try to warn the local authorities, but everyone assumes their story is a prank. Meanwhile, the clowns set about harvesting and eating as many people as they can. It's not until they kidnap Debbie that Mike decides it's up to him to stop the clowns' bloody rampage. What do you think? Are you excited for a Killer Klowns from Outer Space TV Show?