While creator Don Mancini continues to work on a television series that remains canon to the original film franchise, MGM is fast-tracking on a Child’s Play reboot with Polaroid director Lars Klevberg, says THR.
The 1980s horror classic centered on a toy doll possessed by the soul of a serial killer.
The remake is, get this, set to begin filming this September from It producers David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith. Tyler Burton Smith — who has written video games and wrote Kung Fury 2 — penned the script.
Directed by ’80s and ’90s horror mainstay Tom Holland and created by Don Mancini, Child’s Play told the story of a popular toy doll named Chucky that becomes possessed and terrorizes a single mom and her son, as the killer needs the son’s body to jump into before his transference to the doll becomes permanent.
However, the contemporary reboot is said to involve a group of kids and a technologically-advanced doll that enters their world, explains Collider. They also add that the Child’s Play rights situation is complicated, and Universal owns the home entertainment rights, though it seems like MGM has figured out a way to separate the rights, so that it can move forward with a movie on its own terms, from a new creative team, while Mancini can still do his TV series with his regular cast of Chucky collaborators.
If Mancini and Brad Dourif (who provides the voice of Chucky in all of the films) are moving forward with a television series, does this mean that the reboot with feature an entirely new Good Guy/Chucky doll? Even more shocking, could they even create a brand new one?
What do you guys think? I’m in shock right now…