In 2016, we reported a lot on a phenomenon dubbed “The Clownpocalypse”, a spate of “evil clown” sightings that began in America last summer before spreading worldwide. Many claimed that this rash of nefarious clown encounters was part of a promotional campaign for an upcoming horror movie. It turns out, in one case at least, this was true.
We first told you about Gags the Clown last August. To recap:
A mysterious clown that seemingly came out of someone’s nightmares has been spotted in Green Bay, according to photos going around social media. A Facebook page called “Gags – The Green Bay Clown” claims the first sighting happened Aug. 1 at 2 a.m. This clown looks more Pennywise than Ronald McDonald. His outfit appears shabby and he’s carrying black balloons. One Facebook tipster says it’s the work of a director who is making a short horror film.
We can now confirm that Gags will star in his own feature film. The announcement came via Gags’ official website:
He’s back! Gags first set the internet on fire this past summer with a handful of grainy cell phone pictures and simultaneously resurrected the world-wide phenomenon known as ‘clown roaming.’ Now, writer/director Adam Krause and Script 4 Sale Productions has teamed up with The Line Film Co. and Head Trauma Productions to give Gags the feature film treatment.
Gags was created by filmmaker Adam Krause and the ominous clown has already starred in his own short film. The feature production is currently seeking donations to complete the project. Stay tuned for more details regarding the Gags movie as details emerge. Check out the trailer, synopsis, and Director’s Statement below.
Official Synopsis: In what has become a common headline across the globe, a mysterious individual has been dressing up like a clown and roaming the streets of Green Bay at night, capturing the attention of the entire city. Many write it off as a harmless prank but others aren’t so sure. Until one night when four different people cross paths with the clown everyone calls Gags and his true intentions are finally revealed.
“It didn’t take long after my initial Gags marketing stunt to learn that I created a popular horror figure that really intrigued people. His look, his demeanor, his intentions – people found Gags fascinating. Even now after the short film has made the festival rounds and the country’s clown craze has died down, Gags still maintains a large fan base that clamors for more action from the clown. And it’s because of this that we chose to explore the character even further with a feature-length film.
Our intention is to give people more of the clown that they fell in love with but also explore the wide range of emotions Gags elicited from the world. The curiosity, the fear, the amusement, the rage – we cover it all, providing a rich context on a social phenomenon that took the country by storm and shook people to the core.” – Adam Krause; Creator, Co-Writer, Director of Gags
Gags will shoot in Spring 2017 and will release early 2018.