As promised in the fictional Kaslan Corp's announcement video for their "Artificial Intelligence human companion" Buddi, the first trailer for the Child's Play remake premiered before screenings of The Prodigy, and now it's been released online for everyone to see.
Starring Aubrey Plaza (Ingrid Goes West, Parks and Recreation) as Karen, Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta, Hotel Artemis) as Mike, and Gabriel Bateman (Lights Out, Annabelle) as Andy, the Child's Play remake was directed by Lars Klevberg (Polaroid) from a screenplay by Tyler Burton Smith (Kung Fury).
The new Child's Play is a reimagining of the 1988 film of the same name directed by Tom Holland from a screenplay he co-wrote along with Don Mancini and John Lafia.
While the previous entries in the Child's Play franchise featured a killer "Good Guys" doll possessed by the serial killer Charles Lee Ray, the remake will take the tech-centric route with the AI-enhanced "Buddi" doll.
Mancini is looking to continue the storyline of the previous movies (three of which he has directed) in the Child's Play franchise in a new Chucky TV series that is in development at SYFY.
Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates on all things Buddi and Chucky, and watch the new trailer for the Child's Play remake below.
Previous Press Release: September 20, 2018 – Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures (MGM) will produce a contemporary version of the iconic horror classic Child’s Play for Orion Pictures; it was announced today by Jonathan Glickman, MGM’s President, Motion Picture Group and John Hegeman, President, Orion Pictures. Starring Aubrey Plaza (Ingrid Goes West, Legion, Parks and Recreation) as Karen, Emmy and Tony nominee Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta, Widows, If Beale Street Could Talk) as Mike and Gabriel Bateman (Lights Out, American Gothic) as Andy, principal photography commenced in Vancouver. Rising filmmaker Lars Klevberg (Polaroid) will direct from Tyler Burton Smith’s (Kung Fury, Quantum Break video game) screenplay based on the original motion picture.
Child’s Play follows a mother (Plaza) who gives her son (Bateman) a toy doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature.
David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith will produce under their KatzSmith Productions banner. The duo produced last year’s smash hit remake of It, the highest grossing horror film of all time bringing in $700 million at the global box office. Aaron Schmidt and Chris Ferguson will executive produce.
Collaborating with Klevberg is a creative team led by Director of Photography Brendan Uegama (CW’s Riverdale, Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), production designer Dan Hermansen (Star Trek: Beyond, Godzilla), editor Tom Elkins (Annabelle, Inferno), costume designer Jori Woodman (The Boy, Final Destination 5), and special effects supervisor Dan Keeler (Fox’s The X Files, Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle).
Child’s Play, the 1988 film, went on to gross $44 million worldwide on a $9 million budget and spawned one of the most recognizable and successful horror characters of all time with its psychotic killer doll, Chucky.
Bateman is represented by Coast to Coast Talent Group and HG5 Entertainment; Plaza is represented by CAA and MGMT Entertainment; Henry is represented by CAA, JWS Entertainment.