Right now, MGM is filming a remake of the original Child’s Play. Ain’t that rich? They sold the franchise in the’ 80s because they wanted to get out of the horror business. Then it became a lucrative success for Universal so the new MGM wants to exploit the one they still own. Die hard Chucky fans may remember there was talk of a Child’s Play remake with creator Don Mancini that never happened. Fortunately, he made Curse of Chucky instead.
At the Screamfest Q&A for the 20th anniversary screening of Bride of Chucky, Mancini revealed what happened to his remake.
“There was a brief time when we were talking about it because that was so en vogue,” Mancini said. “This was when Jason got his reboot and Freddy got his reboot.”
From Platinum Dunes’ 2003 remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre to their 2010 remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, the ‘00s were dominated by remakes of classic horror films. The problem is, even if most of them made money, fans of the franchises didn’t exactly love them.
“They didn’t really make that much of a splash, so then people started to rethink that,” Mancini said. “We thought with Curse we could have our cake and eat it too. We made it sort of a tonal reboot that turned out to be a sequel in disguise if that makes sense.”
Curse of Chucky was actually positioned as a reboot of sorts. It was still Brad Dourif as Chucky, but the idea was he was terrorizing a brand new character, Nica (Fiona Dourif). Only in the middle did it turn out Nica had some connection to Charles Lee Ray, and by the end, Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly) and Andy Barclay (Alex Vincent) returned.
“I think that’s one of the most unusual things about our franchise is that we actually have 30 years and seven films and counting,” Mancini said.
“This is an incredibly complicated history of all these characters. We then start bringing people back. We brought Andy back in Curse and Kyle back in Cult. Stay tuned to see who else comes back.”
As for that other remake in production, it won’t affect Mancini’s plans for an official Chucky TV series, and he maintains his position on that other movie.
“I don’t know her,” Mancini said.
Screamfest continues through Thursday, October 18.