According to franchise star and genre icon Brad Dourif there will indeed be two future Child’s Play movies (or Chucky films as they’ve become in resent instalments). Movie Hole is reporting that at a panel talk which included Dourif (the voice of Chucky in all five movies as well as the original human character who’s soul inhabits the doll), Alex Vincent (the child plagued by Cheucky in the original Child’s Play), and Chis Sarandon (hero cop from Child’s Play and all round 80s legend), Dourif confirmed that there will be a remake and a spin-off, and that he is indeed involved in both. Let’s take a little look at these two options:
The spin off, which Dourif suggests is titled Revenge of Chucky appears to be a linear instalment into the franchise (i.e. Child’s Play 6 – please don’t call it Child’s Play 666). This makes sense. If producers haven’t learned that the remakes of Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Friday the 13th have killed, not renewed franchises, than they’re beyond help. Go with what you’ve got, there’s an audience there that will love you for it, and unlike a remake, they’ll come back for another.
The remake makes less sense, especially if you’re also making a linear sequel (unless they’re going to get all meta on us). Including Dourif in any remake is the absolute right thing to do, just look how the horror community have rejected new portrayals of classic horror characters. But that does beg the question.., what on earth is the point?
I think the best thing to do is just crank out more Child’s Play movies. If they want to revisit the premise of the original (just Chucky, no demented family) then surly that’s easily done as a Child’s Play 7? Think Rocky Balboa (2006) or Rambo (2008), two films that continued the existing franchise by stripping it back to basics without opting for the go-to remake.