We have just gotten word that SyFy is in the process of licensing the rights to Killer Klowns from Outer Space for a new original film. The network is also seeking the rights to the Critters franchise.

No additional word just yet on whether the network is planning to create sequels, reboots, or something else entirely.

As anyone who has ever seen a SyFy original knows, the network’s original programming can be hit or miss. But with the right talent on board, this could be a very exciting development.

Fans of Killer Klowns from Outer Space should chalk this up as a win, seeing as how we’ve been waiting for a follow up effort to the original cult classic for the last 30 years.

Last time we reported on this Killer Klowns from Outer Space director Stephen Chiodo had suggested that the property may be headed for the small screen (by way of a sequel-remake hybrid), rather than a theatrical follow up to the feature film. It’s quite possible that this was what he was referring to.

Killer Klowns from Outer Space tells the story of a band of deranged aliens (that bear a striking resemblance to clowns) who descend upon and wreak havoc in a small town.

The Critters films follow the chaos-inducing exploits of small furry alien creatures who make their way to earth. The last film in the Critters franchise (Critters 4) saw release in 1992.

[Source: BD]