Back in March, Steven Chiodo, the director of the beloved 1988 horror cult classic Killer Klowns from Outer Space, revealed in a podcast interview that he wants to start a new trilogy, in the form of a TV series. The filmmaker, who was working on the project with his brother Charles Chiodo and Edward Chiodo, described the project as a “requel,” which is a hybrid of both a reboot and a sequel. The filmmaker offered another update, and while nothing is set in stone quite yet, the filmmaker is confident that this unique project will happen. Here’s what he had to say below during a recent podcast appearance.
“There’s nothing coming out that you could guarantee. Look, Hollywood is a very fickle industry. We’ve been working on a sequel since the day after we made Killer Klowns from Outer Space. I mean we have tons of ideas on different directions we can take it. There’s been a lot of legal issues, a lot of financial difficulties. We’ve had deals people presented us with that we weren’t really interested in. There is something that’s going to happen. We are currently working on something. But it doesn’t mean that it’s coming out next week.”
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. During an appearance on The Odd Podcast, Steven Chiodo elaborated on this “requel” concept, which would both add new characters while bringing back some familiar faces.
“We want to take some of the characters we had in the original film and do a new film that has new characters having their little adventures with Klowns, but also revisit some of the people we’ve seen in the past. Instead of a theatrical release, we’re thinking of going to television. We’ve got this great idea. Sort of like a trilogy in four parts, with the original film being the first, and then we have an idea for a trilogy that would just be a long-ranging series that follows new characters as they battle Klowns, but then we also see Mike Tobacco pop up. And then we see Debbie Stone. And then we see Dave the cop. We’ve got it all written out. It’s a fantastic concept.”
The cast for the original Killer Klowns from Outer Space included Grant Cramer as Mike Tobacco, Suzanne Snyder as Debbie Stone, John Allan Nelson as Dave Hanson, John Vernon as Curtis Mooney and Christopher Titus as Bob McReed. Steven Chiodo hasn’t directed a feature since the original cult classic, but he did direct an episode of Elvira’s Movie Macabre and the pilot episode of Felt. Most recently, he served as a puppeteer on the TV series The Thundermans, the spoof comedy The Hungover Games and Team America: World Police.