Earlier this year we gave a brief update from the Chiodo Brothers on the KILLER CLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE sequel. Now we’re back with an exclusive interview with Edward Chiodo from the main hall at Comikaze in Los Angeles.
Truly Disturbing: Your fans want to know…how’s the progress going with the sequel?
Edward Chiodo: Actually, We’re actively pursuing a sequel. It’s something we’ve been trying to get off the ground for many years. The fans are clamoring for it. We wanna do it. You know, we have a first draft of a script, a concept that we like quite a lot. We have a financier that we’re talking to and a distributor interested in working with us as well. So, you know, we’re in the fine deal points right now. We’re trying to work out all the parameters, how many theaters it’s going to be in, all that sort of stuff. It’s a very complicated deal because of the rights situation. But, yeah, we’re actively pursuing it, and we’re hoping we’ll actually pull it together and be able to make this movie at some point soon.
TD: What’s the timeframe? Are we talking months, years?
EC: You know, we’ve been talking about it for years now, so I’m always reluctant to say something definitive but we’re hoping we can pull something together by next year and maybe actually film it next year and it’ll be out 2014. That would be like the ideal scenario.
TD: Oh, yeah!
EC: That’s not something I can control right now, but that’s what we’re hopeful for.
TD: How close to the original will the sequel be in terms of special effects? Do you plan on keeping the same look and feel?
EC: Well, if we told all the fans that we’re going to do everything CG, what would you do? You’d kill us!
TD: We’d freak out!
EC: Yeah. (laughs) So we really want keep it as close the original in terms of, you know, we love rubber monsters, so the clowns will always be rubber monsters. But we plan to take full advantage of all the digital technology when it comes to compositing and enhancing, but there will not be any CG clowns running around in this movie. We love the look and feel of the 50s movies, which is what the Klowns movie was originally based on and we love the 80s movies. So now when we get to do it, it’s going to be an homage to an homage.
TD: Speaking of homage, do you plan to bring any of the clowns back in some way?
EC: Well, of course we know they all got killed but that’s not to say they won’t have doppelgangers. There’s something about bringing back the clowns you guys love, but we want to make them a little bit more disturbed. The clowns are just really insane, and they’re really here to fuck with us. So we want to have fun. We’ll definitely have a mix.
EC: You know, The Dickies are still out there doing it. That’s definitely in the realm of possibility. But, you know, we’d love definitely to revisit The Dickies but then to keep it in the realm of today, we want to find today’s Dickies. Who’s like that hot underground force just kind of pushing it in the music, and then maybe have them do a take on it as well.
TD: Do you have anyone in mind yet or are you still looking?
EC: We’re still looking but there is the band called The Chiodos who named themselves after us because they loved the movies so much. So who knows, maybe we’ll give them a ring.
TD: Is that nepotism? (laughs)
EC: Ha. Well, no they’re not related but they did use our name.
TD: What do you think about the new generation of fans watching the film from Netflix?
EC: Yeah, exactly. When the movie first came out it was on HBO and USA Network, which kind of kept it alive and in the public. Now that it’s streaming on Netflix there’s a whole new audience of kids just popping around seeing what it is because it comes up if you watch any sort of horror or science-fiction movie. It comes out there on the suggestion list. So it’s out there, and it’s definitely a bunch of kids who just turned on to this saying, What is this? This is pretty cool. And their parents are turning it on to them too.
TD: As you know, the film is also now available on Blu-ray. In fact, I just watched it recently.
EC: Oh yeah, how is it?
TD: It’s amazing, man. It looks good.
EC: It looks good? I haven’t seen it yet. We’re waiting for our care package to come in. (laughs)
TD: A couple last questions. What are some of your favorite films or what films has had the biggest influence on you?
EC: You know, it’s funny, obviously in the genre, King Kong, Mighty Joe Young, Seven Voyages of Sinbad, any of the Ray Harryhousen, Willis O’Brien films. I love those. But as a filmmaker, the movie that kind of turned my life around was 2001: A Space Odyssey. And one of my all-time favorite films are To Kill A Mockingbird, Some Like It Hot. I’ve got a pretty varied taste. But in the genre, the original King Kong is the one for me.
TD: Yeah. That’s pretty eclectic. So what do you want to say to all your diehard fans who are just itching for the sequel and who love the original?
EC: Keep watching the skies. It’s going to happen one way or the other.
There you have it, horror fiends. We can all sleep good tonight knowing that some day (hopefully soon) the KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE sequel will be here!
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