Other than a September tweet that put plenty of distance between himself and the Child’s Play movie remake he’s not involved in, Chucky creator Don Mancini has remained relatively quiet about his feelings on being left out of the new project.
But in a recent podcast surveying his long history with Child's Play, while briefly touching on his plans for a new TV series, Mancini opened up, comparing MGM’s offer of an executive producer credit — without any creative control — to a hijacking of the franchise via a “legal loophole.”
“[W]hen 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,” Mancini told the Post Mortem Podcast’s Mick Garris. “They just wanted our imprimatur of approval — which I strenuously denied them.
“I hesitate to say too much about it because I don’t want to sound like I’m bellyaching too much…but the producers of that movie are the producers of IT. …But how would they feel if there was some legal loophole that allowed [producer] David Kirschner and I to swoop in and make our own IT movie, with our own version of Pennywise, and say, like, ‘Oh, but hey guys, we would love to put your names on it?’ I imagine they wouldn’t like it. That’s how I feel.”
While Mancini’s just now getting around to sharing his true feelings, he’s not the only Child’s Play veteran to balk at a remake that leaves him out of the creative loop. Christine Elise, who’s played Kyle in three of Mancini’s Child’s Play films, called the new project “an unbelievably huge d*** move” back in August, saying it’s “especially douchey when you know that Don is developing a TV series and going back to using the title Child’s Play.”
While MGM retains the rights to the original Child’s Play (1988), Mancini holds creative control over the rest of the franchise, giving him a wealth of lore to work with — as well as the freedom to introduce “a bunch of new characters,” as Mancini already has promised for his new TV series. Mancini didn’t reveal any new information on the TV series’ progress, but he told fans last month that he and Kirschner are picking up the timeline at the tail end of 2017’s Cult of Chucky.
As for the MGM movie, it's on track to reanimate Chucky in theaters next summer, with a June 21, 2019 premiere date.