Is Hollywood so hot for reboots that they’d relaunch a popular franchise before the original has even run its course? It seems like this is exactly what’s happening to Chucky.
Late last month came word that a Child’s Play TV series was in the works, helmed by original franchise co-architect Don Mancini.
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Less than 2 weeks later came news that MGM has fast-tracked a Child’s Play reboot. The Hollywood Reporter told us:
MGM is remaking Child’s Play, the 1980s horror movie centering on a toy doll possessed by the soul of a serial killer, with It producers David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith. MGM is fast-tracking the project, which has Lars Klevberg, the Norwegian filmmaker behind the horror movie Polaroid, in the director’s chair as it heads toward a production start in Vancouver this September.
Mancini has confirmed that he is not involved in the film at MGM, meaning these 2 projects are unrelated.
Does this mean we’ll be getting a Child’s Play TV Series and an unrelated remake around the same time? And if both the TV show and the rebooted succeed, will we have 2 independent Child’s Play franchises unfurling simultaneously?
Just imagine: 2 Chuckys sharing a core mythology while sporting unique differences; 2 active franchises based on a single property. Sounds confusing and unnecessary, to say the least. With the original Child’s Play series proving its still got plenty of fuel in the tank, what’s the point of creating a competing project? I mean, I love me some Chucky, but this just sounds like an overload!
Of course, neither the TV series nor the film has officially gone before the cameras, so anything can happen. We’ll keep you posted on all Child’s Play related news as details emerge. Stay tuned!