For a while it seemed like we were going to get a belated sequel to the light hearted but also rather unsettling 1988 cult chiller Killer Klowns From Outer Space, which our own Bat reviewed a couple of years ago. In 2011, we heard that it was called The Return of the Killer Klowns from Outer Space, might be a 3D movie, and that a script was completed and they even had a commitment for funding; all they needed to secure was distribution. The story was to connect to the first film with Grant Cramer’s character returning as the mentor to two new young leads that have to try save the world from the Klowns when they return. The actor said that the plot also involved them “trying to save themselves because the bad stuff the Klowns do at first gets blamed on them.” The Chiodo brothers were expected to produce, with Stephen Chiodo back in the director’s chair.
However, nothing was heard since then until a few days ago when Stephen Chiodo appeared on the Movie Crypt Podcast [found via MovieWeb], and said:
“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 f****** great.”
Which sounds a bit confusing. How can it be a long arch series and also be a trilogy? And what the hell is “a trilogy in four parts”? One thing is certain – it sounds exciting if it gets off the ground. Lets just hope they stick to the old-style special effects. Those alien clowns won’t be anywhere near as creepy if they’re computer effects.