In a press release sent out today, MGM and Orion have announced that Todd Masters and his Emmy Award-winning character FX studio MastersFX were the team that reimagined the iconic Chucky doll for their upcoming Lars Klevberg-directed Child’s Play remake, described as “a contemporary version of the iconic Good Guys doll.”
The release details…
“MastersFX has brought the new Chucky doll to life on screen like never before in a mixture of practical on-set puppet work and digital FX enhancements. Todd Masters, founder of MastersFX, and his team took six weeks to prepare and assemble seven practical animatronic puppets, each with interchangeable arms and heads that perform a variety of required actions on set. The FX team, led by ace puppeteer Keith Arbuthnot, along with Mike Fields, Jason Ward and Josh Raymond each controlled a different part of the doll.”
“It was important to Lars that we use animatronics as much as possible,” said producer David Katzenberg. “As fans of Todd’s work, we were thrilled when he and his team of exceptional artists and puppeteers agreed to take on the challenge of creating our take on a classic character.”
“Reconceiving a well-loved classic always feels like wading into tricky waters, however, Lars’ fresh vision for this film turned what could have been a challenging process into a seamless and beautiful collaboration,” said Masters. “MGM and Orion’s Child’s Play is not a remake or retelling but a completely new style and concept and we believe that BUDDI fits with this vision perfectly.”
Check out a behind the scenes photo of the new Chucky animatronic below.
Chucky returns to the big screen on June 21, 2019.
Child’s Play follows a mother (Aubrey Plaza) who gives her son (Gabriel Bateman) a toy doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature.
The cast also includes Beatrice Kitsos (FOX’s “The Exorcist”), Ty Consiglio (Wonder) and Brian Tyree Henry (“Atlanta”).
Klevberg directs from Tyler Burton Smith’s (Kung Fury) screenplay based on the original movie. The film is produced by David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith under their KatzSmith Productions banner (It, It: Chapter 2). Aaron Schmidt and Chris Ferguson are executive producing. Kitsos and Consiglio are both represented by The Characters Talent Agency.