Having been reinvigorated with 2013’s Curse of Chucky, everyone’s favourite Good Guy doll returned to action in last year’s impressive Cult of Chucky. And now, creator Don Mancini has been discussing what could lie ahead for Chucky.
Speaking to Portal 13, Mancini – who wrote every outing to date for the Child’s Play series in addition to having directed the past three movies – explained, “I’ve been doing it for 30 years now, so I have files of different ideas and notions, and scenes, and set pieces, and characters, and situations. It’s a constantly evolving thing. I want to be ready. Cult isn’t, I don’t think, the last we’ll see of Chucky. But again, it’s always important to me and David [Kershner – longtime franchise producer] to find a way to reinvent it and keep it fresh. Obviously, I can’t say too much, but we’re already thinking ahead, definitely.”
Mancini then went on to add, “I do spend my nights thinking about, ‘Gosh, what would happen if Tiffany met Andy Barclay? The two disparate characters from different, far-flung parts of the franchise, what if they collide?’ I think about these things. I’m a fan as well. I guess it sounds silly or self-serving to say, ‘I’m a fan of my own franchise,’ but I am. I love it. I’m a fan of other franchises, too, and I think when you’re a fan that’s one of the things you do is you just muse on the characters and ‘what if in this situation…?’ and ‘what if they met this character?’ One of the reasons we’ve been able to go for this long is because we legitimately care about it. It’s not just a paycheque gig for us. This is our baby.”
Interestingly, the beloved Mancini then went one further and gave a little detail on one particular idea he has for Chucky’s next outing. “I would love to do a World War II era Chucky movie,” he enthused, “I think that would be awesome. You know how in Raiders of the Lost Ark they say, ‘Hitler’s obsessed with the occult’? That’s the window in. It would be legitimately interesting to see Chucky in the milieu with the iconography and the archetypes of the World War II movie. He could be great.”
As ever, expect more on the future of the Child’s Play franchise as we get it.