If you were still holding out hope for a theatrical release for the latest “Child’s Play” sequel, “Curse of Chucky”, then I’m sorry to say, you can stop hoping now. Universal Studios Home Entertainment has officially announced the start of production on “Curse of Chucky” in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada today and clearly has the film marked as an “original” direct-to-DVD release.
That’s the bad news.
The good news is that series creator/writer and “Seed of Chucky” director Don Mancini (left) is back behind the camera, with Brad Dourif once again also back as the voice of Chucky. This time around, the duo will be joined by Fiona Dourif (Brad Dourif’s daughter), A Martinez, Danielle Bisutti and Brennan Elliott.
Nica (Fiona Dourif) is grieving over the gruesome suicide of her mother when her domineering older sister Barb (Danielle Bisutti) arrives with her young family in tow to help settle their mother’s affairs. As the sisters butt heads over Nica’s plans for the future, Barb’s young daughter comforts herself with a grinning, red-haired talking doll named Chucky (voiced again by Brad Dourif) that recently arrived mysteriously in the mail. But as a string of brutal murders begins to terrorize the household, Nica suspects the doll may hold the key to the bloodshed. What she doesn’t know is that Chucky has a personal score to settle. He’s determined to finish a job he started more than 20 years earlier, and this time he’s going to see it through to the bloody and shocking end.
That sounds like your pretty standard “Chucky” movie right there, which is not a bad thing. It’s a franchise about a killer doll, after all, what did you expect, a gritty family drama? Hey, at least they’re not jettisoning the little bastard into space or having him fight evil Leprechauns or something.
No word on a release date yet, but sometime in 2013 is a pretty safe bet.