So, while Don Mancini and Universal continue the original Child’s Play franchise with a television series and potentially more films, MGM has taken it upon themselves to entirely remake the first film and presumably start a new series. Early plot details informed us that the new Chucky will be a “robot doll”, and ‘ComicBook.com’ have given us a bit more insight into this, courtesy of some unnamed sources. Chucky is now:
“A defective ‘Buddy doll’ whose programming code was hacked so that he has no limitations to learning and also violence. The doll gets re-programmed by a Chinese factory worker, who ends up committing suicide after removing the doll’s limitations”.
This all sounds a bit rubbish if you ask me though I guess I would be happier about it if they didn’t call the doll Chucky, which is what many think could be the case.
Anyway, recently actress Christine Elise, who was in Child’s Play 2 and Cult of Chucky, spoke her mind about this remake and I have to say I agree with her totally!
“I think it’s an unbelievably huge dick move. I think it’s a douche move absolutely. 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.”
“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, etc, 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.”