American screenwriter and director James Gunn, as well as Grasshopper Manufacture founder Suda51 clarified that they will not be working on the upcoming Lollipop Chainsaw remake. This means that while publisher Dragami Games’ effort involves development staff that worked on the original release of Lollipop Chainsaw, some key writers and creators from that time will not be part of the remake’s development.
News of the remake’s development came a few weeks after Dragami Games CEO Yoshimi Yasuda teased a revival back in June 2022. The announcement revealed a tentative 2023 release window, though details were still relatively scarce. However, Yasuda also stated that the “original staff” would be working on the remake, albeit with some elements that were “different from the original”.
Speculation within the fan community and through news coverage led James Gunn, one of the writers of the original Lollipop Chainsaw, to clarify that he was not part of the remake. In a quote tweet, Gunn stated that Dragami Games did not approach him or Suda to work on the project. Furthermore, he had only heard of the remake from Suda a few weeks prior. However, Gunn also expressed that this was neither a condemnation nor an endorsement of the remake.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 5, 2022
Suda later followed up with his own post, adding that Grasshopper Manufacture was also not part of the remake’s development. This is noteworthy, as the original Lollipop Chainsaw was a joint development project between Grasshopper Manufacture and the team at Kadokawa Games, which eventually split off into Dragami Games.
— SUDA51/須田剛一 (@suda_51) July 6, 2022
The Lollipop Chainsaw remake is in development at Dragami Games and has a tentative 2023 release window. There is no confirmed price or release platform.