Embracing the comedic aspects of a plastic ginger kid doll possessed by the soul of a serial killer and voiced by Brad Dourif saved the Child’s Play franchise. However, I don’t think there are too many people that would argue in favor of continuing the line of sequels beyond Seed of Chucky since the whole doll-fucking thing was becoming stale by the end of the film.
And as just about every other horror franchise has proved, comedy only gets you so far.
Fortunately, Chucky creator Don Mancini intends to reboot the franchise by leaving the tangled web of doll semen and plastic fornication behind. In an interview with Ain’t it Cool News, Mancini reveals that the upcoming Child’s Play remake will be a straightforward horror film with a tone resembling the original film.
“…it’s a reboot, we are telling the origin story again, but beyond certain broad stroke details, it’s really quite a reinvention I would say,” Mancini tells AICN.
While Mancini confirms that the deal isn’t quite official, everything seems to be falling into place for a 2010 release.
“I think, unless we completely screw it up, I think it has the potential to be scarier than the original based on the stuff we are talking about, which I know sounds very mysterious and abstract, but anyone in our position would say that at this point, but as you pointed out we do have the advantage of being the people who created the franchise in the first place.”
Of course there are several ways to easily screw it up but Mancini confirms that the Chucky effects will continue to be done using puppetry and Brad Dourif will be back to provide the voice of Chucky.
“It’s almost like recasting Homer Simpson or something,” he says. “If you could recast it, you would want the actor to sound kind of like it, but it would feel weird to just be completely different I think.”
For more on Mancini’s thoughts on the remake as well as the new Child’s Play DVD being released next month, you can read the entire interview right here.
Behind every great book adaptation is a forgettable first try. — By Ryan Covey