Most longtime fans of the Child’s Play franchise agreed that last year’s Cult of Chucky was another win for the long-running series, again staying true to the core mythology while feeling way fresher than you’d ever expect the seventh installment in a franchise to feel. As long as Don Mancini remains in charge, we’re in good hands.
So now that we’re a few months removed from Cult of Chucky, what’s the future of the franchise looking like? Speaking with Portal 13, Mancini talked shop.
“I’ve been doing it for 30 years now, so I have files of different ideas and notions, and scenes, and set pieces, and characters, and situations. It’s a constantly evolving thing. I want to be ready. Cult isn’t, I don’t think, the last we’ll see of Chucky,” Mancini told the site. “But again, it’s always important to me and David [Kirschner] to find a way to reinvent it and keep it fresh. Obviously, I can’t say too much, but we’re already thinking ahead, definitely.”
Mancini continued, “I do spend my nights thinking about, ‘Gosh, what would happen if Tiffany met Andy Barclay?’ The two disparate characters from different, far-flung parts of the franchise, what if they collide? I think about these things. I’m a fan as well. I guess it sounds silly or self-serving to say, ‘I’m a fan of my own franchise,’ but I am. I love it. I’m a fan of other franchises, too, and I think when you’re a fan that’s one of the things you do is you just muse on the characters and ‘what if in this situation…?,’ and ‘what if they met this character?’ One of the reasons we’ve been able to go for this long is because we legitimately care about it. It’s not just a paycheck gig for us. This is our baby.”
Over the years, Mancini has relayed different sequel concepts from his files, and in this particular interview, he brought up one that would again reinvent his own wheel.
“I would love to do a World War II-era Chucky movie; I think would be awesome,” said Mancini. “You know how in Raiders of the Lost Ark they say, ‘Hitler’s obsessed with the occult’? That’s the window in. It would be legitimately interesting to see Chucky in that milieu with the iconography and the archetypes of the World War II movie; he could be great.”
The franchise is all about evolving with the times and showing us things we haven’t seen with each new installment, so that’s sounding pretty perfect to us!