Lollipop Chainsaw is back with a brand new remake, but this revival does not feature the original game’s writer/producer James Gunn and Goichi Suda51 Suda, as confirmed on their own Twitter accounts.
James Gunn shared the news about the remake from Dragami Games, adding:
To answer the question in the article, neither I nor Suda51 are currently involved in this. I first heard about this from Suda a couple of weeks ago.
Lollipop Chainsaw is a hack-and-slash game for PS3 and Xbox 360 where you play as Juliet Starling, a chainsaw-wielding cheerleader fighting off zombies in a post-apocalyptic California high school setting. The game was developed by Grasshopper Manufacture, the same studio behind No More Heroes, Shining Soul and The Silver Case. It was announced yesterday that the original and new developers are collaborating on a remake that will be released in 2023.
However, although Gunn and Suda are not involved in the project, Gunn stated:
I do not approve or condemn the remake! I just don’t know anything about it. But since the articles are beginning to be full of our names, I think it’s important to clarify that no one has ever contacted us about this.
Not only will Gunn and Suda51 not be returning – the more modern remake will not feature the same music. “In addition to a few licensed tracks, the soundtrack will include new music,” said Dragami Games founder Yoshimi Yasuda. He also added that the game will feature “a more realistic approach to graphics” compared to the more stylized aesthetic of the original.
This idea was originally brought to life by Suda51 and James Gunn, the latter of whom worked on many of the characters and story. You probably know Gunn from Scooby-Doo, Suicide Squad, and Guardians of the Galaxy.