Chatting with Mick Garris on the latest episode of Post Mortem this week, Don Mancini was pretty open about his feelings on MGM/Orion’s remake of Child’s Play, arriving in theaters next year, but he also teased some details for the upcoming “Child’s Play” TV series that he’s working on. Yes, the series is still happening with Universal, we’re happy to report.
(Long story short, MGM owns the rights only to the original film, which is why they’re able to remake that movie while Mancini/Universal continue their original franchise.)
“From having worked on Hannibal and Channel Zero, I just really enjoyed it, and I saw an opportunity to reinvent the franchise yet again,” Mancini explained to Garris. “We’ve reinvented it in different ways, by making it a comedy and then back to horror… but the sheer storytelling real estate that doing 8-to-10 episodes gives us will allow us to delve into characters and relationships in a way that we’re never afforded in just a 90 minute movie. That’s really exciting to me.”
He continued, “So we’re gonna be able to explore different avenues, with different characters, that are among fan favorites. Ya know, a lot of times people will say, ‘I’d love to see… what’s Tiffany’s backstory? And what about Glen and Glenda?’ All these different avenues… now we have a way of exploring all of this. And that’s really exciting.”
“But I’m also excited about inviting new voices into the process,” Mancini added. “I am really excited about inviting other very talented writers and seeing what they’ll bring into it.”