The Child’s Play remake gets a release date, former Buffy writer turned super producer Marti Noxon finds a professional home with Netflix and an animated Garfield film is in the works in this edition of SYFY WIRE’s Development Roundup.
First up, wanna play? Orion Pictures has announced a release date for the much-anticipated new Child’s Play film. The remake of the 1988 franchise-spawning horror classic about an evil doll named Chuckie opens in theaters on June 21, 2019.
Child’s Play follows a mother who gives her son a toy doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature. Aubrey Plaza (Legion), Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta) and Gabriel Bateman (Lights Out) star.
Meanwhile, Marti Noxon, the former Buffy the Vampire Slayer scribe who’s become the showrunner for such hits as HBO's Sharp Objects, AMC's Dietland, Lifetime-turned Hulu's UnREAL, has signed a four-year, multi-million-dollar deal with Netflix, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed. Although an exact figure wasn't disclosed, the media outlet cited unnamed sources saying that the deal was for eight figures per year.
Noxon's production company Tiny Pyro banner will move to Netflix from its previous base of operations at Skydance TV, where the company had been based since 2016.
And finally, Garfield, everyone’s favorite lasagna-loving, Monday-hating cat, is returning to the big screen. This time, in fully-animated form.
Per Deadline, a Garfield animated feature is in development by Alcon Entertainment, which acquired the rights from the creator Jim Davis. Mark Dindal (Emperor’s New Groove, Chicken Little) is set to direct a screenplay by Paul Kaplan and Mark Torgove.
Based on the comic strip by Davis that debuted in 1978, Garfield centered on a cynical and lazy orange cat and his interactions with his owner, Jon Arbuckle, and fellow pet Odie, the unflappably happy dog. (We’re guessing the new feature is based on the comic and not the surreal and existentially depressing Garfield Minus Garfield. Not that we wouldn’t watch that film, mind you.)
The character spawned two live-action/CGI hybrid films, with Bill Murray voicing the eponymous cat: Garfield: The Movie in 2004 and its sequel, Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties in 2006.