The Critters franchise is getting new life after a 26 year hiatus. Directed by Jordan Rubin, Critters: A New Binge .will live as a feature length film, cut into bite-size web series chunks for Verizon’s go90 streaming service. Rubin also is writing the project along with his co-writers Al and Jon Kaplan. They were the creative team behind Zombeavers. With the creatures that were used in that film, it is interesting to see what they’ll do with the Krites in this new web series.
Rubin also revealed the creatures are not going to be CGI. He is trying to get the Chiodo Brothers to bring the Critters back to life. That seems to be the first option with other puppet houses in play as well. Production is to start in the next couple of months. A New Binge is currently expected as a short 8 Episode series, with an average run time of 10 minutes.
The synopsis thus far, according to Arrow in the Head:
The Critters return to Earth in search of one of their kin, who was left behind years after ago during an earlier mission. They land in Burbank, California where they wreak havoc on a group of high schoolers and their families.
Rubin spoke with Slash Film recently to confirm that A New Batch will not be an origin story. He stated:
The Critters already exist in the world. They’re returning to Earth because they left one of their offspring behind that they’re trying to find. They’re being chased by the bounty hunters. So it’s a new binge, but it’s not an origin story per se like Batman Begins where you’re seeing from the ground up. This is a world that already exists that we’re joining.
… (The offspring is) sort of a surprise and a reveal. Let’s just say there was an impregnation that happened. There was a seed that was left behind and now that maybe has come to fruition, so they need to find it because they think it will help them maybe take over the galaxy.