'Child's Play' creator Don Mancini has confirmed he is at work on a seventh movie with killer doll Chucky, set to follow on directly from 2013's 'Curse of Chucky.'
The writer-director tells Collider “I am working on Chucky 7, yes… it continues quite quickly on the last movie and Chucky bedevils [Fiona Dourif’s] character again.”
While wryly admitting it’s “early days for all of us, I’ve probably said too much,” Mancini says the plan is for ‘Curse of Chucky’ actress Fiona Dourif to return in her role as Chucky’s new nemesis Nica.
Despite being the first film in the horror series to bypass cinemas and go direct to DVD, ‘Curse of Chucky’ was one of the strongest entries in the ‘Child’s Play’ series to date; possibly the very best, in this writer’s opinion.
The key thing that sets ‘Curse of Chucky’ apart from most of the ‘Child’s Play’ sequels is its abandonment of the overtly comedic path the series had trod with 1998’s ‘Bride of Chucky’ and 2004’s ‘Seed of Chucky’ in favour of a more back-to-basics suspense shocker approach.
Mancini explains, “It had been a few years since the last one. We had spent a few years doing comedy versions of this idea and felt we had tapped that out.
"And we were ready and the fans had been telling us that they were ready for this to go back to its straight-up horror roots. So that’s what we wanted to do, was make a movie for the fans.
"And we wanted to build a nostalgia factor into it, which is why I wanted to have Brad [Dourif] in it physically as well as the voice of Chucky, cause I thought that would be a nice Valentine to all the fans who have supported us for the last quarter-of-a-f***ing century."
Brad Dourif has voiced Chucky in every film since 1988’s ‘Child’s Play,’ as well as portraying his original human counterpart Charles Lee Ray in the first film, and in flashback scenes in ‘Curse of Chucky.’ He is also the father of his new co-star Fiona Dourif.
As the seventh film is planned to follow directly from ‘Curse of Chucky,’ it seems the character of Glen/Glenda, Chucky’s child introduced in the divisive ‘Seed of Chucky,’ is unlikely to return. Though professing to love the character, Mancini admits that Glen/Glenda “didn’t catch on in the way that Chucky and the Bride of Chucky did.”
However, as (minor spoiler!) both Jennifer Tilly’s Tiffany and the original film’s young hero Andy (Alex Vincent) had cameo appearances in ‘Curse of Chucky,’ the door might be open for them to return.
Asked whether Andy would star in the seventh film, Mancini responded, “Who knows?” [X]