How Steven Spielberg Saved the ‘Child’s Play’ Franchise

/Film | 7/13/2018 | Chris Evangelista
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Powerful filmmaker and confirmed mensch Steven Spielberg has a long list of credits to his name. But what you might not have known is that the man had a hand in saving the Child’s Play franchise from oblivion. That’s right – Spielberg saved Chucky.

The Child’s Play franchise has been making headlines recently. MGM announced they were going to move ahead with an ill-advised remake, while original Child’s Play creators David Kirschner and Don Mancini announced they were going to keep making their own in-continuity sequels (and a TV show). All this Chucky talk has Mancini and Kirschner reminiscing on their long-lasting horror franchise, and in a recent interview with Bloody Disgusting, an interesting anecdote arose involving none other than Steven Spielberg.

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After the first Child’s Play was such a surprise hit, producers MGM and United Artists immediately ordered a sequel. However, not soon after that, a new company bought the studios – and they had little use for horror films. Here’s how David Kirschner tells it:

“They immediately ordered a second film because it had done so well and was received so well. We were in pre-production and getting everything ready, and I’m on a plane to Cincinnati when Richard Burger (head of production for MGM and United Artists) called. ‘There’s a guy by the name of Christopher Skase at Quintex, they’re buying the company and don’t want to make horror movies,’ he said. I was enraged.”

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This was no doubt frustrating, but it also kicked-off a surprising bidding-way, with countless studios trying to get their hands on that sweet Chucky money. Kirschner says, “Within 24 hours, everyone in town is going to bidding on this thing. The phone started ringing like...
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