It’s play time, once again, as MGM has reportedly fast-tracked a Child’s Play reboot with Polaroid director Lars Klevberg set to direct. Collider reports IT producers David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith are attached to the project under KatzSmith Productions. Writer Tyler Burton Smith, whose previous work includes Kung Fury and the video game Quantum Break, has been tapped to pen the script.
Creator Don Mancini and Chucky voice actor Brad Dourif are currently preoccupied with the upcoming Child’s Play TV series, and don’t appear to be involved in the new film. The reboot is said to be a complete re-imagining with no link to the previous movies. Collider has shared some details for the new Child’s Play, stating it’s a “contemporary reboot involving a group of kids, and a technologically-advanced doll that enters their world.”
It isn’t confirmed yet whether this doll is Chucky, or a different character entirely. We’ve seen a resurgence of evil doll films in recent years like Annabelle: Creation and The Boy. But, let’s be honest, other than a few slow head turns most modern, mainstream horror films don’t have the “possessed” dolls being nearly as active as Chucky every was.
Maybe seeing animatronic killer puppets chasing people is considered passé. But if Michael Dougherty’s Krampus has taught us anything it’s that horror fans still love a good practical effect and campy scares. Will this film be an 80’s throwback, or a modernized tale more focused on technology gone haywire than supernatural possession?
It sounds like we may not have to wait very long to find out. Production will begin in Vancouver this September.
Will the Child’s Play reboot be a box office hit like 2017’s IT, or will it be quickly forgotten like 2015’s dull Poltergeist remake? Are you excited to see Child’s Play getting a modern revival? Let us know in the comments!