By horror-franchise standards, the ‘Child’s Play’ series is still just a kid (pun intended). I mean, how many ‘Friday the 13th’ and Nightmare on Elm Street’ movies do we have at this point? Seventy-five? Eighty? We’ve lost count. So Chucky has some catching up to do, and according to Universal, he’s getting right on it.

The studio says production on a sixth ‘Child’s Play’ movie, tentatively titled ‘Curse of Chucky,’ is moving forward, according to Empire. Just don’t look for it in theaters. The sequel, which starts filming in September, is being conceived as a direct-to-DVD release from the get go, even though most of the key players are returning.

Yes, that means Brad Dourif will return to voice the murderous Chucky doll, which contains the soul of Lakeshore Strangler Charles Lee Ray. And Empire says that Don Mancini – who wrote every installment of the ‘Child’s Play’ series – will be back in the creative hot seat, as well.

So why not gamble and get this thing back in theaters so fans of the franchise can see Chucky on the big screen once again? What, it’s going to be worse than ‘Rock of Ages?’ That hardly seems possible. Though we haven’t seen a ‘Child’s Play’ sequel since 2004’s ‘Seed of Chucky,’ the franchise has raked in more than $221 million (adjusted for inflation by BoxOfficeMojo), and probably deserves one last chance to see if nostalgia and toy-inflicted carnage can spark a run at area multiplexes. What do you think?

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