MGM had decided that they wanted to reboot the ‘Child’s Play‘ film franchise even though it is still alive and well in its current format and as a television show that is in pre-production. The original creator Don Mancini has previously expressed that he isn’t thrilled with this happening as he is busy developing the television series for Universal and still has more film ideas which he might want to get made. Now, Christine Elise who has starred in two films from the franchise is weighing in on the decision.
Elise starred in both ‘Child’s Play 2’ and ‘Cult of Chucky’ and was asked her thoughts on the reboot which she was brutally open about:
“I think it’s an unbelievably huge dick move. I think it’s a douche move absolutely. I don’t know why they would fuck with a healthy franchise. To make a competing franchise with an existing, and like you said healthy, robust franchise is super douchey. And nobody from the original franchise is involved; they’re not gonna have Brad Dourif, they’re not gonna have Don, and they’re not gonna have any of us.
The fact of the matter is that the studio is changing the entire concept and going from a doll possessed with the soul of a serial killer to one being controlled by what sounds like an AI. She delves into that as well saying:
“I think the doll is going to be an artificial intelligence doll that goes haywire, so it’s not going to have the whole element of the serial killer possessing it, et cetera, so it’s not going to be, really, a Chucky film. So I don’t know why they’re just taking the title and stealing it and mucking up the waters. It’s especially douchey when you know that Don is developing a TV series and going back to using the title Child’s Play; not Bride of, Seed of, Curse of, Cult of Chucky, it’s going back to the Child’s Play name, and it’s deep into development. So this MGM project could have, it hasn’t, but it could have, really, easily derailed the TV show project, which would be devastating, because fingers crossed it happens and fingers crossed I’m involved in it, as much as I would like to be. It’s an opportunity here where Don can further a story he’s been telling for 30 years, but rather than tell it in 90-minute segments every three years or more, he can tell 10 hours of story in 10 weeks, he can get that much more story ahead. And if you’ve seen Cult and you see how Cult ends, you know how rich in story it is, there’s so many doors open now, and to so insensitively threaten the Don Mancini empire I think, is fucked up.”
Any fans of the films can wholeheartedly agree with this. It would be one thing if the series had officially come to an end and a few years had passed, but with it still being actively in development this is just going a bit too far.