Chucky Got a Makeover, and the Original Child's Play Creator Isn't Happy About It

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.

In early July, horror movie fans got word that a reboot of Child’s Play was in the works at MGM with Polaroid director Lars Klevberg and It producers David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith. While the team has been pretty quiet about what to expect from the new film (production is only just now getting off the ground in Vancouver), the biggest question on fans’ minds is: What will Chucky look like? They got their answer late last week when Entertainment Weekly shared a sneak peek photo from the film.

While the photo only showed half of Chucky’s face (the other half was obscured by the knife the homicidal doll was holding), it was clear that this isn’t the same Good Guy doll so many fans have come to know and love (and fear). Klevberg told EW that they’ll be using both practical and digital effects to render Chucky 2.0 and that, “Our Chucky will be our Chucky and he will be presented when the movie comes out.”

One person who wasn’t thrilled with this news? Filmmaker Don Mancini, who turned what was supposed to be a congenial ginger doll into a murderous maniac with the release of the original Child’s Play in 1988. In the 30 years since, Chucky has become a major horror icon, thanks in large part to the full-blown horror franchise that Mancini inadvertently created—not to mention Brad Dourif, who has voiced Chucky in all seven films.

In July, Mancini told EW that he was offered the opportunity to get an executive producer credit on the reboot, but declined as he was concerned that the new film might “muddy” the brand. The sneak peek photo doesn’t seem to have eased his mind.

Shortly after EW’s image dropped, Mancini took to Twitter to give his take on the Chuckster’s new look:

Friends ‘til the end … or until a digital makeover.

Wayfair’s Fourth of July Clearance Sale Takes Up to 60 Percent Off Grills and Outdoor Furniture

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Wayfair/Weber

This Fourth of July, Wayfair is making sure you can turn your backyard into an oasis while keeping your bank account intact with a clearance sale that features savings of up to 60 percent on essentials like chairs, hammocks, games, and grills. Take a look at some of the highlights below.

Outdoor Furniture

Brisbane bench from Wayfair
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- Jericho 9-Foot Market Umbrella $92 (Save 15 percent)
- Woodstock Patio Chairs (Set of Two) $310 (Save 54 percent)
- Brisbane Wooden Storage Bench $243 (Save 62 percent)
- Kordell Nine-Piece Rattan Sectional Seating Group with Cushions $1800 (Save 27 percent)
- Nelsonville 12-Piece Multiple Chairs Seating Group $1860 (Save 56 percent)
- Collingswood Three-Piece Seating Group with Cushions $410 (Save 33 percent)

Grills and Accessories

Dyna-Glo electric smoker.
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- Spirit® II E-310 Gas Grill $479 (Save 17 percent)
- Portable Three-Burner Propane Gas Grill $104 (Save 20 percent)
- Digital Bluetooth Electric Smoker $224 (Save 25 percent)
- Cuisinart Grilling Tool Set $38 (Save 5 percent)

Outdoor games

American flag cornhole game.
GoSports

- American Flag Cornhole Board $57 (Save 19 percent)
- Giant Four in a Row Game $30 (Save 6 percent)
- Giant Jenga Game $119 (Save 30 percent)

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The Office Writers Considered Making Michael Scott a Murderer, According to Greg Daniels

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NBCUniversal, Inc.

Greg Daniels is best known as the showrunner of The Office, a job that earned him two of his four Emmys. As reported by Screen Rant, the acclaimed creator dished in a recent interview with The Guardian about why the American version of the much-loved show almost wasn't made, along with a proposed plot twist for Michael Scott that forced Daniels to put his foot down.

"The UK version hadn’t finished airing and I’d never heard of it. My agent sent me a VHS tape of season one. It had a somewhat boring title so I didn’t look at it. He told me he wanted to show it to someone else if I wasn’t interested, so I popped it in. I watched the entire first series that evening," Daniels said.

As the show really got going after Steve Carell's role in The 40-Year-Old Virgin made him a household name, Daniels said some ideas in the writers room got too wacky for their own good. He recalled one particular instance, saying, “There were times where [the writers] would become enamored with a joke, and I'd have to put my foot down. For instance, they really wanted Michael to kill Meredith with his car. That was an early pitch, where he runs her over in the parking lot and then comes back, gets a tire iron and finishes the job. I was like, 'You can’t do that, that’s crazy!'”

Michael being a murderer certainly would have changed the tone of the show, so it makes sense that it never happened. Imagine the courtroom scenes we would have had to endure! The Scranton Strangler storyline would have paled in comparison.

[h/t Screen Rant]