The Devil Doll is coming out to play… again.
Yes, MGM has tapped Norwegian director Lars Klevberg (Polaroid) to spearhead a remake of the original Child’s Play movie from ’88. David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith, the producers behind New Line’s wildly successful It, are also on board, and the project will be completely unrelated to the recently-announced TV series in development from Don Mancini and fellow Chucky architect, David Kirschner.
Of course, this decision to remake such a beloved property has understandably upset both Mancini (since he didn’t give the new film his blessing) and the killer doll’s legion of fans. It also doesn’t help matters that the upcoming pic will put forward a considerably different origin story for the psychotic character, waving away the doll’s possession-based roots to suggest a robot toy who’s been programmed for evil.
Regardless, MGM is pushing forward and earlier today, they released the first photo of the new and improved Chucky. Obviously, reactions have been pretty mixed and now, Mancini himself has weighed in, posting the Tweet below to show us what he thinks of it.
THIS IS ALL I HAVE TO SAY ON THAT SUBJECT pic.twitter.com/r2llIGSDWx
— Don Mancini (@RealDonMancini) September 21, 2018
Honestly, everything about MGM’s rebranding of Child’s Play seems pretty confusing, especially given the unusually strong critical reception that the last two entries received. Not to mention that like we said above, Mancini never gave his blessing. Not that he needed to, mind you, but it would’ve been nice to get him on board.
Regardless, if you’re interested to see how the controversial reboot ends up turning out, you can expect further updates to arrive shortly now that filming’s begun. Until then, be sure to let us know what you think of the new Chucky by dropping a comment down in the usual place.