If ever a horror character deserved to be resurrected, it’s Chucky. The Good Guys Doll, who’s not good at all, made his debut in 1988 and was last seen in 2004′s Seed of Chucky. Since then a remake has been languishing in development hell, and a video game was rumored to be in the works. But now, finally, Chucky fans can rejoice.

Curse of Chucky, the previously announced sixth installment in the Child’s Play franchise, began filming in Canada Wednesday, aimed at a direct-to-DVD release. Brad Dourif (The Two Towers, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) returns as the voice of Chucky. The doll will stalk a character played by Dourif’s own daugther, Fiona Dourif, who will soon be seen in The Master. Read the plot description and see a behind the scenes image after the jump. Read More »

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Today’s Sequel Bits is bursting with plot details — for Kick-Ass 2, Cloudy 2, and Curse of Chucky. There’s even a tidbit of info about what we might or might not see in Beetlejuice 2. After the jump:

  • Kick-Ass 2‘s plot involves mean girls and identity crises
  • Set videos reveal A Good Day to Die Hard footage
  • Child’s Play 6, a.k.a Curse of Chucky, headed straight to DVD
  • Seth Grahame-Smith plans to use Beetlejuice sparingly
  • Kristen Schaal joins Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers

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With reboots happening left and right — for the biggest properties (Spider-Man, Star Trek) to more hardcore fan titles (RoboCop) to things that probably shouldn’t be touched (The Three Stooges) — its no surprise that the most low-rent, easily redone properties are getting the remake treatment.

And so here we are with news on Leprechaun: Origins, a film that will seek to somehow reinvigorate a franchise that seemingly ended with the Irish demon going from space to tha hood, and two Child’s Play movies, with will simultaneously act as reboot and sequel to the ‘possessed doll’ story that has been exploited in several films since 1988. Read More »

We’ve seen reboots of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th so it only makes sense that next up is Child’s Play. The horror franchise featuring the iconic killer doll named Chucky began in 1988 and spawned four sequels that took the character into increasingly wacky and off-beat territory. Back in 2007, rumors began to circulate about a remake and now, according to Movieweb, a rights issue between MGM (who released the first film) and Universal (who released the sequels) has been ironed out and MGM is moving forward with a less comedic, more dark reboot of the franchise. Brad Dourif has been confirmed to return as the voice of Chucky, working from a screenplay by franchise brainchild Don Mancini, who could possibly return to direct. Read more about the film, which is aiming for a 2012 release, after the jump. Read More »

Gimme Remakes: Child’s Play and Candyman

Unfortunately, Chucky and the Candyman will not be giving each other Colombian neckties or enjoying a round of Stella Artois. Both of these horror staples will soon be the recipients of separate theatrical remakes, and Candyman might even become a white dude. But first, news about the redheaded, plastic enfant terrible, who just turned the big 2-0 (whoa)…

The producers of the Child’s Play franchise, which is five films deep, are making the press rounds and reassuring fans that their remake will be faithful. Don Mancini, who wrote all of the prior films and directed Seed of Chucky, will pull double-duty on the 2010 remake, and confirmed to AICN that Chucky’s voice actor, Brad Dourif, will return. Admirably, Mancini and peeps are not fond of CGI, and he added…

“I think what we are mainly responding to, [producer David Kirschner] and I, is the will of the fans, which is really telling us that they want to see a scary Chucky movie again. They want to go back to the straightforward horror rather than the horror comedy.”

Mancini, Kirschner and Michelle Gold admit that their remake is riding the trend wave, but it’s the best way to go. Continuing down the satirical road of Bride of Chucky and Seed of Chucky would offer smaller returns creatively and financially. And Chucky is an iconic little bastard, so another film is a given. Let Slashfilm posit the idea of a Leprechaun cameo.

Over at Shock, there’s talk of a Candyman remake from Sony. There was a time when I thought the 1992 Clive Barker adaptation was one of the scariest flicks I’d ever seen. Need to revisit. And if you’ve seen 1995′s sequel, Farewell to the Flesh, you were privy to one of the most comical destructions of a house ever caught on film. Played by Tony Todd, Candyman was a son-of-slaves with a belly of bees who haunted Chicago’s Cabrini-Green projects with a bloody stub and hook. A twist on Bloody Mary, the widespread suburban legend, victims conjured Candyman by saying his name five times into a mirror. Shock reports that Sony is considering making Candyman a Caucasian, which would call for a new origin, eh? No writer or director is attached. Early stages.

Discuss: Which is scarier: the original Child’s Play or the original Candyman? Your thoughts on new theatrical films for these supernatural weirdos?

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