There’s been quite a resurgence of interest in Chucky following the release of last year’s Cult of Chucky from creator Don Mancini, and we’re currently on track to get both a remake and a TV show in the near future. The former will be helmed by Polaroid director Lars Klevberg, whose debut feature is quite literally about a camera that kills. I wish I could make this stuff up, because apparently, I’d become a successful director who gets his projects financed, but I cannot. Polaroid is a real movie, and the Child’s Play remake will be too. But is it all bad? And, if so, how bad is it really?
Well, there are some predictions we can make up about the upcoming remake, and very few of them are positive, especially since Brad Dourif will not be returning to voice Chucky the serial killing doll. Firstly, there’s a very good chance the Chucky of Klevberg’s remake will be mostly or entirely CGI. Judging from the first Polaroid trailer, this isn’t a guy who has any particular reverence for details. The greatest thing Don Mancini ever did was make sure Chucky was a real and tangible threat. He allows his actors to play off the character by making sure he’s actually in the scene with them.
Klovberg’s remake will be dead on arrival if Chucky ends up being a CGI concoction, but as we’ve seen time and time again, the road to Remake-Hell is paved with good intentions. Often, remakes leave their best ideas on the cutting room floor, and we’re left with a slapdash product that’s just an unholy orgy of ideas from a group of writers, producers, and studio executives who are clearly not on the same page. Whether or not Klovberg’s remake will suffer a similar fate remains to be seen, and I don’t mean to sound pessimistic about the possibility of a decent Child’s Play remake, but it’s not like we haven’t gone through this countless times in the past.
And with Mancini’s TV show coming soon, the remake is quickly starting to feel completely unnecessary. Mancini’s franchise has done a weird amount of growing up, at least for a series of films about a killer doll, and his last two entries have all but proven that there’s a lot of gas left in the tank. The end of Cult set up a killer crossover universe that brings together every character from the Child’s Play universe. I was actually worried that a follow-up would be too overstuffed, and it seems like Mancini felt the same way. Wherever he plans to take this story, I have full faith in his ability to continue expanding the Chucky-verse in creative, entertaining new ways.
— Don Mancini (@RealDonMancini) June 22, 2018
Personally, I feel like the Child’s Play series would be a great way to reintroduce Glen/da and continue exploring the LGBT themes that have become a big part of the Chucky franchise in the last twenty years or so. Mancini is one of the few openly gay writers working in horror, and recent focus on the issue of transgender rights would make for a great conversation piece in the upcoming series. In fact, Universal originally called Seed of Chucky “too gay,” and something tells me the wait between Seed and Curse had a lot to do with Mancini wanting to make sure he could make the films (and TV shows) he wanted to make.
Whatever does end up happening with the remake, our focus is on this new television show, first and foremost. Mancini is creating, and the entire cast – including Dourif – is returning, making the remake entirely irrelevant and sort of embarrassing when you think about it. We’ve finally reached this apex where the hunger for remakes and sequels is beginning to overlap, and it’s pretty clear which of the two projects will emerge victorious.
Images: Don Mancini, Universal Pictures
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