Later this week, we’ll finally get our first proper look at the new incarnation of everyone’s favorite homicidal doll, Chucky. This latest Child’s Play movie will be a significant one, too, as it marks a branching of the franchise, with the reboot acting as the start of a new continuity and the original story that began in the 1988 film continuing on in Syfy’s planned Child’s Play TV show.
This is hardly an amicable parting of the ways though, as unfortunately, MGM have decided to move forward with the project without the blessing of series creator Don Mancini. In an interview back in December, he explained that he wasn’t too happy about that (no kidding) and said the following:
“MGM retained the rights to the first movie, so they’re rebooting that. They asked David Kirschner and I if we wanted to be executive producers. We said no thank you, because we have our ongoing thriving business with Chucky. Obviously my feelings were hurt… I did create the character and nurture the franchise for three fucking decades… So when someone says, ‘Oh yeah, we would love to have your name on the film’… it was hard not to feel like I was being patronized. They just wanted our approval. Which I strenuously denied them.”
Still, the reboot is coming – whether Mancini likes it or not – and now, to tease the debut of the first trailer, we have a haunting new image which you can check out in the gallery down below.
Already, the new Chucky has been met with considerable backlash, with Mancini speaking for many a few months ago when he tweeted the old Mariah Carey putdown, “I don’t know her.” Indeed, MGM’s decision to hit the franchise reset button without his involvement has angered a lot of people, and understandably so.
As such, when we finally do get to see the new Chucky in action via this week’s trailer, it’ll surely be a make-or-break moment for many. But regardless of whether Child’s Play can shake off the bad buzz that currently surrounds it, one thing you can be sure of is that the film will be heading into theaters on June 21st, 2019.