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Development roundup: Child’s Play remake begins production; Nine Inch Nails to score Watchmen series

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Sep 20, 2018, 4:45 PM EDT

Production begins on that Child’s Play remake, and THE Nine Inch Nails are scoring the Watchmen series in this development roundup twofer. 

First up, wanna play? Production is officially underway for that announced remake of the original 1988 classic horror film Child’s Play. Principal photography for the MGM and Orion Pictures produced reboot commenced in Vancouver, the studio announced Thursday. 

Gabriel Bateman

Gabriel Bateman (Credit: Jeff Vespa)

Child’s Play follows Karen (Aubrey Plaza) a mother who gives her son (Gabriel Bateman, shown above) a toy doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature. Brian Tyree Henry also stars.

Lars Klevberg (Polaroid) will direct from a script by Tyler Burton Smith (Kung Fury 2). Alas, neither original Child's Play creator Don Mancini nor franchise Chucky voice actor Brad Dourif are involved in this outing. However, Mancini is not only working on a separate Chucky TV series but also planning more sequels with Dourif reportedly on board to voice the sentient killer doll. Friends 'til the end! 


Meanwhile, Trent Reznor and Atticus Rose of Nine Inch Nails (yes, we know, there’s no definite article before the band’s name) are set to compose the music for Damon Lindeloff’s TV adaptation of Watchmen (also no definite article in the title).  

The duo also scored Fincher's 2011 remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and 2014 adaptation of Gillian Flynn's novel Gone Girl.

Based (apparently very loosely) on the groundbreaking 12-issue miniseries by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, Watchmen is set in an alternate history where “superheroes" are treated as outlaws. Although the upcoming TV series plans to embrace the nostalgia of the original graphic novel, it’s going to carve out its own path and tell an original story.

The series stars Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, and Dylan Schombing.

Watchmen premieres on HBO in 2019.