There’s a point in Futurama where Zapp Brannigan is condemned to death by Snu-Snu, and the news causes his face to contort into a wildly fluctuating expression of both happy and horrified at once. We had a similar reaction this weekend when Mark Hamill was confirmed as the voice of Chucky in the upcoming Child’s Play remake.
Anyone familiar with Hamill’s voice work over the past 30 years knows he’s one of the best in the field. His Joker may never truly be topped. He’s a master at sending you into fits of laughter one second, then giving you chills in the next. If Chucky had to be someone new, this is EXACT perfect casting. That doll is going to sound amazing.
But….does it have to happen while Brad Dourif is still alive? As we’ve reported multiple times, MGM’s Child’s Play remake is being made without input or even permission from creator Don Mancini and his crew. We want to hear Hamill as Chucky but at the same time we want to hear CHUCKY as Chucky, y’know?
Fortunately it’s not like Dourif is divorced from his main source of fame entirely. MGM’s remake hinges on the fact that they own the first movie….Mancini owns everything else, and he can do whatever he wants with the Chucky character, including a new TV series that continues the continuity of the VOD sequel Cult of Chucky. SyFy picked up the show for air, and it’s now in production.
MGM’s Child’s Play, starring Aubrey Plaza, Gabriel Bateman, Brian Tyree Henry and Hamill Himself, comes out June 21 (same day as Toy Story 4, by….complete coincidence, we’re sure).