Due to it being illegal for well-adjusted people to watch Christmas films before December 1st, it’s largely gone unnoticed so far that The Chiodo brothers – directors of the wonderful cult classic Killer Klowns from Outer Space – dropped a new movie on Netflix last week; the animated 40-min holiday special Alien Xmas is based on their 2015 illustrated children’s book and boasts The Mandalorian’s Jon Favreau as one of its producers. Despite the minimal buzz (give it time), there has been excitement bubbling anew for Killer Klowns 2. As it does every time one of the Chiodos ties to promote another project that dares not feature cosmic, human-consuming harlequins.
Bottom line, they’ve been trying to get the sequel made for decades, but their pleas are falling on dead ears over at MGM, who own the rights. But all hope is not completely lost. Firstly, speaking with ComicBook.com, Stephen Chiodo urged fans of the 1988 film to get campaigning – “write MGM and say, 'Where's our sequel? Where's that property? It's really the fanbase. The fanbase has to be more vocal to MGM more than us, because they control it.”
It may seem like madness that Killer Klowns hasn’t garnered a follow-up in the thirty-two years since, and the Chiodos agree, “we've been trying to do a sequel since we made the film and fans get angry with us. We don't mention it too much, because they get angry. But we're trying. The business is just a bear, moves at a glacial pace. There's interest, and it wanes and flows. You get some executives who really want to do it, then, all of a sudden, musical chairs. They're out, a new regime is in, and they don't get it. We'll see how Alien Xmas does with the Netflix people. We'll see if they can embrace our sensibility.”
And there lies Road 2. If us fans really do want to see more from the Killer Klowns, get supporting Alien Xmas on Netflix and let’s turn this into a new Christmas classic! Netflix are well known for their support of filmmakers and if the viewing figures warrant it, they’ll surely happily indulge further projects from the Chiodos.
To read the rest of the interview, head to ComicBook.com. But go watch Alien Xmas first, and let's hope we'll have some concrete news on Killer Klowns 2 soon!
‘On Christmas Eve, in this quiet little outpost at the top of the world, the battle for Earth began. Aliens swarmed the castle-like insects, and Santa and the elves defended the village the best they could. Gift-wrapping guns bound the invaders in colourful paper and ribbon-like mummies. Candy cane slingshots fired snowballs. Vats of caramel doused aliens climbing castle walls.’