Child's Play creator Don Mancini talks World War II-era Chucky as he teases the franchise's future

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Feb 9, 2018

Wanna play? Well, when it comes to toying with ideas for his beloved demonic child’s doll, creator Don Mancini certainly likes to indulge.

It’s hard to believe we’ve had an exhaustive seven installments in the Child’s Play franchise, and yet it still feels fresh. Few horror fans could argue that the Good Guy doll-gone-bad still packs a killer punch with movie lovers—particularly with the most recent Cult of Chucky (2017)—and Mancini would like that to continue.

Speaking to Portal13 (via BloodyDisgusting), Mancini admits that he spends most of his waking life thinking up ideas to keep the franchise going. As well as entertaining ideas of bringing Chucky into the western genre, the director also spills an even more insane idea of his that would take Chucky back in time to the 1940s.

“I would love to do a World War II-era Chucky movie; I think would be awesome,” Mancini told the site. “You know how in Raiders of the Lost Ark they say, ‘Hitler’s obsessed with the occult’? That’s the window in. It would be legitimately interesting to see Chucky in that milieu with the iconography and the archetypes of the World War II movie; he could be great.”

Mancini’s original Child’s Play story was turned into the 1988 feature film directed by Tom Holland. He wrote the sequels Child’s Play 2 (1990) Child’s Play 3 (1991), and Bride of Chucky (1998). He then wrote and directed Seed of Chucky (2004), Curse of Chucky (2013), and last year’s Cult of Chucky.

Mancini confesses that he spends so much time thinking about what’s next for Chucky because he’s such a fan of the character and his own movies. “I guess it sounds silly or self-serving to say, ‘I’m a fan of my own franchise,’ but I am. I love it.” He added: “One of the reasons we’ve been able to go for this long is because we legitimately care about it. It’s not just a paycheck gig for us. This is our baby.”

Now, that is one scary baby—but who are we to judge?! We certainly feel there is a long life in the old doll yet. And now that we’re envisioning Chucky dressed as a toy soldier, it seems the possibilities are endless. Chucky in Space? It could definitely make for a great space horror movie (just imagine a lonely astronaut bringing along this chap for some company!), and while we’re all for baddies picking on baddies their own size, we would 100 percent be tempted to check out Chucky vs. Predator.

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