As we’ve been telling you, MGM is full-on remaking the Child’s Play franchise *without* the involvement of creator Don Mancini, who is hard at work on a television series for Universal and potential film continuations of the original franchise. From what we’ve heard, director Lars Klevberg will begin filming his remake next month, centered on a “robot doll.”
Mind you, I’m far from an “anti-remake” sort of horror fan myself, but the very idea of MGM going behind Mancini’s back and trying to cash-in on the franchise he has spent his entire career keeping alive is a pretty aggravating one. Especially considering *his* franchise is still very much alive and well. As it turns out, the original stars are none too pleased either.
Speaking with Horror Geek Life this week, Child’s Play 2 and Cult of Chucky star Christine Elise pulled no punches when asked about the remake, and we love her for it.
“I think it’s an unbelievably huge dick move. I think it’s a douche move absolutely,” Elise told the site. “I don’t know why they would fuck with a healthy franchise. To make a competing franchise with an existing, and like you said healthy, robust franchise is super douchey. And nobody from the original franchise is involved; they’re not gonna have Brad Dourif, they’re not gonna have Don, and they’re not gonna have any of us.”
The actress continued…
“I think the doll is going to be an artificial intelligence doll that goes haywire, so it’s not going to have the whole element of the serial killer possessing it, et cetera, so it’s not going to be, really, a Chucky film. So I don’t know why they’re just taking the title and stealing it and mucking up the waters. It’s especially douchey when you know that Don is developing a TV series and going back to using the title Child’s Play; not Bride of, Seed of, Curse of, Cult of Chucky, it’s going back to the Child’s Play name and it’s deep into development. So this MGM project could have, it hasn’t but it could have, really, easily derailed the TV show project, which would be devastating, because fingers crossed it happens and fingers crossed I’m involved in it, as much as I would like to be. It’s an opportunity here where Don can further a story he’s been telling for 30 years, but rather than tell it in 90-minute segments every three years or more, he can tell 10 hours of story in 10 weeks, he can get that much more story ahead. And if you’ve seen Cult and you see how Cult ends, you know how rich in story it is, there’s so many doors open now, and to so insensitively threaten the Don Mancini empire I think, is fucked up.”
Amen to that.