This is a bad new great news announcement: Since Verizon has abandoned plans for their go90 video platform, their planned TV series based on the Critters franchise, Critters: A New Binge, is dead in the water. The great news, however, is that we’ll be getting a Critters feature film reboot in 2019! Production Weekly has revealed that principal photography on the new flick will commence in South Africa this January.
Coming our way via the folks at Syfy, we know precious little about the new Critters in terms of plot, director, cast, and target release date. What we can report, though, is that it’s being produced by Adam Friedlander whose latest effort for Syfy, Leprechaun Returns, was released earlier this week.
Critters (along with Ghoulies, Troll, and Munchies) were all part of the homunculi craze of the mid-1980s ignited by Joe Dante’s Gremlins (which we’re also dying to see revived, by the way). Released in 1986, the film was directed by Stephen Herek and stars Dee Wallace, M. Emmet Walsh, and Billy Green Bush. Leonardo DiCaprio famously appeared in the sequel Critters 3 in 1991 (a fact I bet he wishes we’d all forget).
Obviously, we’ll be keeping our ears to the ground in order to bring you all Critters-related news as details emerge, so stay tuned. If you’re not familiar with Critters, check out the synopsis and trailer for the original below.
When strange fuzzy creatures from outer space arrive on a farm, the Brown family — Jay (Billy Green Bush), Helen (Dee Wallace-Stone), their daughter, April (Nadine Van Der Velde), and their son, Brad (Scott Grimes) — must fend off the malevolent little aliens. Two bounty hunters with superhuman abilities follow the aggressive beasts from beyond, but the warriors aren’t terribly effective, leaving the Brown family to battle the fur balls and rescue April from their clutches all by themselves.