U, Mancini revisit ‘Chucky’

Universal Pictures has struck a deal with “Child’s Play” creator and writer Don Mancini to pen “Bride of Chucky,” the fourth installment of the murderous doll horror franchise.

As part of the mid-six- against nearly seven-figure deal, Mancini will write and executive produce the pic, based on the story he created nearly 10 years ago. David Kirschner will produce the newest version, described as “natural born killer dolls.”

Pic teams the expletive-spouting, homicidal doll Chucky with an equally villainous love interest, Tiffany. The murderous duo hitch a ride to Los Angeles along Route 66 with two recent high school grads who have run away to get married. Unbeknownst to their hosts, Chucky and Tiffany are leaving a trail of bodies in their tracks.

Mancini created the franchise and co-wrote the first “Child’s Play” pic — released by UA in 1988. He also wrote the two subsequent chapters for Universal, which had acquired the rights to the series.

More recently, Mancini penned an uncredited rewrite of Universal’s upcoming “Kull the Conqueror”; and he currently is writing “Atlas,” based on the exploits of the Greek god, for Dino DeLaurentiis.

Mancini was repped on the deal by the Gersh Agency’s Richard Arlook.

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