Off in the distance somewhere, if you listen real closely, you can hear the 90’s marketing-slogan-turned-catch-phrase “where’s the beef?” ring out, and let me tell you, it’s all over the upcoming Child’s Play (2019) remake currently in production.
Not only can the beef be found searing on Twitter with the high-octave howl of a Mariah Carey classic after writer/producer/director Don Mancini – the equilibrium of the entire Child’s Play franchise – planted an evergreen of shade with the tweet below, but most recently on the Post Mortem podcast with Mick Garris (Hocus Pocus, Nightmare Cinema).
THIS IS ALL I HAVE TO SAY ON THAT SUBJECT pic.twitter.com/r2llIGSDWx
— Don Mancini (@RealDonMancini) September 21, 2018
Rightfully airing his thoughts on Orion Pictures reboot of his original conception, co-written with director Tom Holland (Fright Night), Don Mancini told the director and writer turned podcaster that he was asked if “David Kershner and I wanted to be executive producers – we said “no thank you!” because they have been continuing their “on-going, thriving business with Chucky.” Mancini followed it up by stating that obviously his “feelings were hurt“, using the high Rotten Tomatoes score for both Curse of Chucky *and* Cult of Chucky – the latest releases in the still-thriving franchise – to indicate just how unnecessary a reboot is.
Pointing out that he created and nurtured the character for “3 fucking decades“, Don Mancini said that it was difficult “to not feel patronized” given how the production team behind last years break -out IT only wanted his name attached to the film. Drawing a comparison to last years remake of the 1990’s rocky yet adored TV mini-series, Mancini, prefaced by saying “I don’t want to sound like I’m bellyaching“, described the scenario as though the powers that be used a “creative loophole” to remake IT and Pennywise the Clown, but only with the names of the films creative team attached.
“David Kershner and I wanted to be executive producers – we said “no thank you!”
The decision to jump-start the killer doll classic came on July 3rd, 2018, less than a year after Don Mancini gave horror fans Cult of Chucky (2017), the seventh installment in what is one of the few franchises with enough creative momentum to keep trucking.
Directed by Lars Klevberg (Polaroid) and produced by literary remixer Seth Grahame-Smith (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies), the Child’s Play reboot – set to release June 21 2019 – looks to re-introduce Chucky without the voice of Brad Dourif, who over the past 30 years has provided the doll with a seriously killer attitude. It’s a choice that runs parallel to Don Mancini’s absence from the projects bloodline, which has many fans in an uproar, given how paramount both voice-actor and creator have been to the franchises continued killing spree.
Following a near-indistinguishable plot as the original, Child’s Play (2019) features 13-year old Gabriel Bateman as Andy Barclay, a child who comes into possession of a sinister doll after his mother (Aubrey Plaza) gifts him a birthday present that not only talks, but kills. The voice of Chucky has yet to be announced.
If you need me, I’ll be under Don Mancini’s shade, waiting for the director to (hopefully) continue what is one of horror’s most inspired and joyous on-going franchises. Because remember, we’re friends till the end. What are you thoughts on the new Child’s Play remake? Let us know on Twitter, Reddit, and in the Horror Movie Fiend Club on Facebook.