Don Mancini answered questions on his new series, Chucky, at a panel on Monday, which additionally included collection star Jennifer Tilly forward of the present’s premiere on USA/SyFy in October. The collection brings Chucky full circle, reuniting him with various characters from the final three a long time together with Andy Barclay, the demon doll’s arch-nemesis performed by Alex Vincent who reprises his function, Nica Pierce, performed by Fiona Dourif, and Kyle, Andy’s foster sister performed by Christine Elise. In the course of the TCA panel, Mancini mentioned the eight half collection and addressed why after so many motion pictures, the collection will probably be looking into the previous of the infamous Charles Lee Ray.
“Exploring Charles Lee Ray’s origins has been one thing that the followers have wished to see and have been asking for actually for many years now,” Mancini stated. “And one of many causes I used to be enthusiastic about taking the franchise into the medium of tv was as a result of having a lot storytelling actual property, eight hours of Chucky, that offered such an ideal alternative for exploring that stuff, amongst different stuff. However, yeah, so one of many issues I used to be most enthusiastic about doing with the present was exploring Charles Lee Ray’s origin.”
Whereas there may be at all times a way of trepidation going into reboots and remakes, one factor that Don Mancini was adamant about is that this collection is totally and wholly an previous fashion Chucky venture that does not retcon its previous characters in any method.
“One of many issues that was vital to me, that we would be able to retain all the elements of the franchise that the followers love, considered one of which is the gore, the opposite of which, after all, is Chucky’s propensity for dropping f‑bombs,” Mancini stated. “We even have a behavior of bringing actors again in numerous roles from film to film. We have been doing that earlier than Ryan Murphy began doing that with the repertoire firm he put collectively on American Horror Story. So even when somebody dies, they will come again in one other function. I began doing that with Jennifer again within the ’90s.”
Whereas the collection is being welcomed by followers of the unique franchise, Jennifer Tilly gave a point out to the 2019 reboot of Child’s Play, which didn’t contain her or Mancini and replaces Brad Dourif with Mark Hamill because the voice of the doll and got here at a time when the collection was already in manufacturing, and it did put a small spanner within the works.
“It did throw a crimp in issues somewhat bit as a result of we have been form of like, ‘Properly, now, the place will we belong within the Chucky universe?’, she stated. “And apparently the movie was excellent and really properly reviewed. However the followers, I do not know. Keep in mind they got here out with New Coke and everybody favored Coke Traditional higher, in order that they introduced again the previous Coke and now they name it Coke Traditional. I believe this can be a related factor. I imply, individuals, they love the unique Chucky with the voice of Brad Dourif.”
Chucky arrives on USA/SyFy on October 12th to wreak havoc this Halloween.