‘Child's Play’ Remake Finally Moves Forward at MGM

Brad Dourif will return to voice the murderous doll Chucky, with shooting to start later this year from Don Mancini's script.
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Chucky will return with a new Child's Play remake from MGM MGM is finally in a position to bring Chucky back to life, with the horror reboot Child's Play heading into production. Child's Play first hit theaters in 1988, spawning the sequels Child's Play 2, Child's Play 3, Bride Of Chucky, and Seed of Chucky.

The remake had been in development for several years, with a script already written by Don Mancini, who also wrote all the previous movies in the Chucky franchise. The hold-up on the remake was apparently due to rights issues by MGM and Universal. MGM has the rights to the original Child's Play, while Universal retained rights to the sequels. Apparently, a deal has been made between the two studios.

Production is said to begin on the remake sometime later this year, with Brad Dourif returning to voice Chucky. This new project is said to be more of a reboot, with a darker tone and less comedic elements (what's more funny than a Cabbage Patch doll trying to kill a kid, though?). However, none of this has been confirmed at this time.

Way back in September 2008, I spoke with writer Don Mancini and producer David Kirschner about the 20th Anniversay DVD release of Child's Play. Here's what David Kirschner had to say about the remake, which was initially Universal's idea.

"Actually, it was Universal. In our discussions of Don and my producing partner, we thought we would go on to the next film, but Universal said to us that they would love to be able to remake the first. I think all of us looked at each other and said, 'We just don't want to make a frame-for-frame exactly the same picture.' That's when Don went away and began to work and when Don began to lay out where he was going. I don't want to give away too much. I've known Don for 22 years. We're dear friends. I know his humor, I know his mind. I was so shocked with where he was taking us with expectations of the first film and pulling the rug out from under us. It was exciting and really frightening and exhilarating to hear, as opposed to just shooting a frame-for-frame, but really subverting audiences expectations."

Don Mancini also revealed back then that he wanted to get away from the comedy and make this a straight-up horror movie.

"That's really our goal with this next movie, bottom-line, was to make it scary again. After having, I think, rather successfully mined the horror-comedy aspects of this concept over the course of Bride of Chucky and Seed of Chucky, the fans are really telling us that they want it to be scary again. Doing the remake just provides us with a really good opportunity to bring it home, so to speak."

CLICK HERE to read the entire interview with Don Mancini and David Kirschner from September 2008.

Curse of Chucky was released October 8th, 2013.

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  • Madison-Perri • 3 years ago

    i think they shld rlly remake the bride of chucky tht was the best of the movies im wit u guys on bein scared of chucky when i was a kid but i saw it when i was 4 so i want something tht cld scare me right now as a 13 year old and i also think they shld include his back story


    • Ray-Felch • 3 years ago

      thank god no childs play remake


      • Pj-Stuteville • 4 years ago

        i think its awesome to remake it from the beginning. They need to really explain why chucky is who he is. Maybe touch up on how charles lee ray learned voo doo and how chucky became chucky. now with better effects they should make this gory and scary as crap. I think if they touched up on the whole plot and background it wont be as cheezy.


        • Ray-Felch • 4 years ago

          wane is childs play2 and 3gooing too go bule ray


          • Che-Ivy-Rodda • 4 years ago

            hmmm, im not to sure about this.


            • 2movieguys • 4 years ago



              • instead8909 • 4 years ago

                Seen the first film and I don't see how it could be even better. Can't believe that Brad's in the remake since he was in the original.


                • monkeyiron2-0 • 4 years ago

                  Should I be happy or scared


                  • Frank-Sambrick • 4 years ago

                    @sarahs i know this is an old post... but all the chucky movies had the same director and writer Don Mancini. and Bride Of Chucky was i think the most box officely succesful in the series and by far the best written, and that was one of the two comical ones.


                    • jasonkat • 5 years ago

                      ya know dead silent was actually a good chucky film. or atleast a good doll flick..


                      • thedude-abides • 5 years ago

                        While I'm not at all a fan of reboots, I would definitely watch this. Love me some Chucky.


                        • bane5000 • 5 years ago

                          @Stansfield...lol im with u on being scared of Chucky as a kid, read my previous posts on this article :]


                          • ajlewis • 5 years ago

                            not surprising, making it darker is always the goal when they do a remake whether it a horror movie or not


                            • Stansfield • 5 years ago

                              I'm excited about this remake because as a kid, Child's Play scared the sh*t out of me. I have forever been a supporter and huge fan of Brad Dourif, and his involvment really seals the deal for me. They are going to go old school with this flick and try to bring back what was creepy back then. making it darker and more grounded in horror is a wise choice. I have enjoyed all the "Chucky" films for what they have been....but I'm ready for a return to darkness. I won't bitch about remakes because enough of you are already doing that...there is something to be said about originality, but it's been a long while since Hollywood has been about been "original". Bottom line....some remakes suck, and some outshine the original. I'll spend my money on what I want to see and not worry about what I don't.


                              • bane5000 • 5 years ago

                                @jakn...He's also famous for playing Det.Goren on Law and Order:Criminal Intent, i think hed make an awesome Pennywise if given the chance


                                • dan1 • 5 years ago

                                  @jakn Dude, you don't know Vincent D'Onofrio? He's the fat guy from Full Metal Jacket who goes bezerk in the first half of the movie. Lemme guess, you didn't see it? Go watch it, man...


                                  • jakn • 5 years ago

                                    @bane5000 I don't know that actor, but sounds good to me.


                                    • jonspidey07 • 5 years ago

                                      well at least Brad Dourif is still in tact

                                      itd be a huge waste of time having somebody else play the doll

                                      Chucky is one of my favorite slasher icons


                                      • sarahs • 5 years ago

                                        I'm glad it's the original director of the first 3 movies that's directing the re-make. I hate the new director, he makes Chucky a joke.


                                        • bane5000 • 5 years ago

                                          @diaigma...that line is awesome, u know once u hear it, its Chucky, thats the kind of creepiness i want this remake to go back to

                                          Oh and have u seen this trailer for a short film called " Blinky " if u havent check it out, think Chucky but as a robot that a kid gets as a gift, but u know its nots gonna turn out good...Check it out from this link...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20-wrJK-qds


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