Well, well, well. Who’d have thought that those pesky Crites would be making a return to action…
Yes, as the title suggests, the Critters franchise is making a comeback!
As per Variety, Verizon’s go90 has ordered a Critters TV series dubbed Critters: A New Binge from Blue Ribbon Content, the digital studio of Warner Brothers TV Group. Abominable Pictures will be producing the series with Blue Ribbon.
The early word on the show reads:
The Critters return to Earth in search of one of their kin, who was left behind years ago during an earlier mission. They land in Burbank, California, where they wreak havoc on a group of high schoolers and their families.
Zombeavers’ Jordan Rubin, Jon Kaplan and Al Kaplan will write and executive produce the series, with Rubin also directing. The original franchise’s directors Rupert Harvey and Barry Opper will be producing the show, too.
As a franchise, Critters began life back in 1986, with the series focussing on a race of flesh-eating aliens who look to satiate their huge appetites with human flesh. The practical effects work of these beasties was done by the iconic Chiodo Brothers – who would later create Killer Klowns from Outer Space. That first Critters would be followed up by 1988’s Critters 2: The Main Course, 1991’s Critters 3 and 1992’s Critters 4; the third picture featuring a young up-and-comer by the name of Leonardo DiCaprio.
Despite many labelling Critters as nothing more than a Gremlins knock-off, the script for Critters was actually written way before Gremlins was ‘a thing’, and the script was even rewritten to avoid too many similarities to the antics of Gizmo and Co.
As ever, expect more on Critters: A New Binge as it develops.