For almost thirty years, cult classic Child's Play has managed to avoid the dreaded reboot craze thanks to franchise creator Don Mancini keeping the series going with official sequels. The most recent of which was released last year (Cult of Chucky) with Brad Dourif once again reprising the voice of everybody's favourite murderous doll.
However, owing to complications with the rights to Child's Play as MGM made the first one before Universal picked it up for the sequels, MGM has found a way to move forward with a reboot with IT producers Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg onboard. Plot details remain under wraps, but according to Collider, "it’s a contemporary reboot involving a group of kids (a la Stranger Things), and a technologically-advanced doll that enters their world." It might be early days, but there's no mention of the doll being possessed by the soul of a serial killer, well they did say it would be a contemporary reboot.
To make matters slightly more complicated, Don Mancini recently teased that a Child's Play TV series is on the way, and another movie sequel is also in development. In a recent interview, Mancini confirmed plans were in motion.
"We’re still working on the series and also plan to continue the film franchise with Universal. We intend to stay true to the universe we’ve created,”
Brad Dourif will once again voice Chucky for both the series and sequel to Cult, but he won't be involved in MGM's reboot. Mancini and producer David Kirschner were both offered an executive producers credit on the reboot, but they turned it down to focus on the series. The Child's Play TV series will be a continuation of the franchise and will pick up shortly after the events of Cult of Chucky.
There aren't many movie franchises that have remained active for three decades, and regardless of what you may think of the Chucky films, it's a huge achievement. The Seed of Chucky was a shade too slapstick for my liking, but Bride, Curse, and Cult (that features the return of the original Andy) were solid sequels that kept the old school horror flag flying.
We'll be sure to let you know as soon as more details about the TV series emerge.