Powerful filmmaker and confirmed mensch Steven Spielberg has a long list of credits to his name. But what you might not have known is that the man had a hand in saving the Child’s Play franchise from oblivion. That’s right – Spielberg saved Chucky.
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The Child’s Play franchise is in a weird place right now. Even though original creator Don Mancini has remained involved with the film franchise from the beginning, and a new sequel arrived last year, MGM is moving forward with a remake. While that happens, Mancini is moving forward with a Child’s Play TV series. And that’s not all: Brad Dourif, AKA the voice of Chucky, will be in the TV series, but not the movie remake. But wait, there’s more! While MGM makes its remake, Mancini also plans to make more movies that remain in continuity with the original film franchise.
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Posted on Friday, October 30th, 2015 by Angie Han
It’s a tradition as reliable as jack-o’-lanterns and trick-or-treating: Every year around Halloween, nostalgic Gen Xers and Millennials revisit the 1993 comedy Hocus Pocus, and then get to wondering why no one’s made a sequel yet. This year, Bette Midler even joined in on the conversation with a (facetious) explanation. As far as we know, though, Disney hasn’t officially fired up the cauldron yet.
And just to drive that last point home, Sarah Jessica Parker has gone on the record to clear things up: No, as far as she knows, there’s no Hocus Pocus 2 coming soon to a theater near you. But that doesn’t preclude the possibility of its returning in another form, according to producer and co-writer David Kirschner. Get the latest comments on the Hocus Pocus sequel after the jump. 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 »
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Any who had a MyBuddy when they were a child, was terrified of the Chucky films (Yes, even though at times the animatronics were rather lame). But I think even most Horror fans lost interest in the series before The Seed of Chucky was even conceived.
My friend Alex at FirstShowing was at the Martian Child junket where producer David Kirschner revealed that they are working on a all-out remake of the first Chucky movie, Child’s Play. The film has not yet been given the greenlight, in fact, it’s just being written now (by Child’s Play screenwriter Don Mancini), but Kirschner promised that it would definitely be “more terrifying” than the previous films. No director is attached.
If this Child’s Play remake does get off the ground, it will be interesting to see if they use anamatronic puppets or a computer generated Chucky. My suggestion is that they use a mix, using the CG mostly for the action sequences. The Chucky movies kind of became a parody of themselves, and I’m not sure if anyone from the new generation actually takes them seriously. So I’m curious to see how people may react to a more horror/thriller orientated remake. But the real question is: should they even be making a remake at all? Rob Zombie’s Halloween was bashed by most fans and newcomers because while it did add some back-story to the Michael Myers character, it also took away from his mysteriousness.