Don Mancini Updates Details on the Child's Play Reboot
By the end of 2020, we'll probably see every horror movie remade, it's inevitable. As we first announced last October, Child's Play is one of the latest horror franchises being rebooted. The same producers who brought us all five of the previous Child's Play movies are doing this reboot, which should be a good sign, considering that doesn't usually happen. Additionally, Don Mancini, who wrote all of the Child's Play movies and directed Seed of Chucky, is both writing and directing this reboot, too. Quint from Ain't It Cool News caught up with Don and producer David Kirschner to talk about the Special Edition DVD and ended up spending some time chatting about the reboot - and it actually doesn't sound that bad.
First and foremost, Mancini explains why they decided to restart this franchise with a reboot. "I think what we are mainly responding to, David 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." He adds that their main mission "is to make it really scary." Seed of Chucky from 2004 was the last film from the franchise, and as Mancini explains, the fans have gotten tired of the direction it was headed in and want to see it go back to its roots. "It's been four years since the last one, so it just seems like the timing is really good now for us to just recreate it in a way." I certainly hope they're right.
So what exactly will the reboot entail? "It's a reboot of the Chucky origin story," Mancini says. "We are telling the origin story again, but beyond certain broad stroke details, it's really quite a reinvention, I would say." Kirschner chimes in, adding that "I'm not even sure if I would say reinvention. I think Don has really created some really clever twists and expectations that a fan of the first Child's Play film, you will be surprised and shocked by, but it will follow, I think, very closely a lot of the first film." So it will be a similar origin story, but not entirely the same, like most reboots. He adds that the "audience thinks it is going to go one way and we will go another, even though the story is pretty similar."
As a fan of the original Child's Play, Child's Play 2, and Child's Play 3, but not a fan of Bride of Chucky or Seed of Chucky, I will say that it is rather reassuring to hear that they're trying to go back to the roots and create another terrifying horror movie. The first three Child's Play movies are definitely horror classics that even I've come to appreciate. And Mancini has a grasp on the series since he was the one who actually came up with the whole idea back in 1988. If you're a fan at all, I suggest you go read Quint's interview at Ain't It Cool News, as he discusses everything about the series and so much more. As for when we can expect to see it, Mancini says "I think we would love to have it out for next year, but I don't think it's going to happen."