The Devil Doll is coming out to play… again.
Sources close to Collider allege that MGM has tapped Norwegian filmmaker Lars Klevberg (Polaroid) to spearhead a remake of the original Child’s Play movie from ’88.
David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith, the producers behind New Line’s wildly successful It, have climbed aboard, and we understand this project is totally unrelated to the recently-announced TV series in development from Don Mancini and fellow Chucky architect, David Kirschner.
Word is MGM plans to fast-track its “contemporary reboot,” which has a script from Tyler Burton Smith, whose credits include Kung Fury and Remedy’s deeply cinematic video game, Quantum Break. That means the modern-day Child’s Play will reportedly involve a “group of kids and a technologically-advanced doll that enters their world.” So, like Stranger Things, only with a wicked Devil Doll instead of the Shadow Monster? Whatever the case, filming is due to begin in Vancouver this September.
Tom Holland – no, not that one – was responsible for the original Child’s Play movie of 1988, which tells the story of a demented doll name Chucky (Charles Lee Ray) and his quest to terrorize a young, single mother and her son. His mission? To use the son’s body as a means of escaping his plight, after he was trapped inside the body of a Good Guy Doll and left to rot.
Chances are MGM’s remake will remain pretty faithful to the original classic – you know, barring the technologically-advanced doll and ensemble cast – so while Don Mancini and David Kirschner have mapped out their next project over on the small screen, Lars Klevberg will be responsible for bringing Chucky back to theaters. And how exciting is that?
More on the future of Child’s Play as additional information comes to light.