If you’re a fan of ‘80s pop culture — and let’s face it, studio heads believe everyone is these days — then we’ve got some great news for you: Critters, the 1986 cult classic mini-monsters movie, is heading to a small screen near you, thanks to Warner Bros. Television Group’s digital studio, Blue Ribbon Content (BRC).
We’ve been hearing about a Critters digital series since way back in 2014, but now it looks like it’s finally coming to fruition. According to WBTV’s TCA panel on Wednesday, executive producers Jordan Rubin, Jon Kaplan, Al Kaplan, and team will begin production early this year on Critters: A New Binge, a live-action comedy series set for Verizon’s streaming service, go90. Two of the film’s original producers, Rupert Harvey and Barry Opper, are back, as well.
The original Critters film — starring Dee Wallace, Billy Green Bush, M. Emmet Walsh, Scott Grimes, and the incomparable Billy Zane — rode in on the success of Joe Dante’s 1984 classic, Gremlins, and told the story of a group of hungry, dangerous, and somewhat adorable space carnivores called Crites, who make tasty and ever-more disgusting meals of the local humans.
After the moderate success of the original, three more Critters films were produced from 1988 to 1992, including Critters 3, which featured Leonardo DiCaprio’s film debut (as you can learn about in our handy-dandy vid below).
According to WBTV’s press release, in this new series, “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, Calif., where they wreak havoc on a group of high schoolers and their families.”
Mmm, Burbank sure has some tasty folks, as Warner Bros. can surely attest to.
Rubin, who also directs, spoke with SYFY WIRE following the TCA panel, and said the new series started as "a darker take that became more campy. Fun but grounded, and true to the genre, so it’s played straight and not spoofing."
He also noted that, "There’s a budget, but ways to shoot for a bigger scale, so not gopher-Caddyshack look. With this budget, the CG doesn’t match up. Rather shoot practically, so it’s realistic and not campy."
No release info is available at the moment, but when it does drop, will you be feasting on Critters: A New Binge?