Child's Play 1988

Killer doll classic Child's Play set for a remake at MGM

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Jul 3, 2018

Michael, Jason, Freddy, and Leatherface have all had their chance at a remake on the big screen, and now another iconic killer is joining the ranks: Chucky.

Child's Play, the 1988 horror film about a murderous possessed doll that launched the Chucky franchise, is getting a remake at MGM, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Lars Klevberg (Polaroid) will direct from a script by Tyler Burton Smith (Kung Fury 2).

David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith (IT) are on board as producers for the project, which MGM has reportedly fast-tracked for a production start as early as September. Don Mancini, creator of the Chucky character, is not listed among those involved in THR's report. MGM has not commented on the story.

The original Child's Play film is a straight supernatural slasher film about a serial killer who transfers his soul into a "Good Guy" doll in order to prevent his death, then tries to transfer his soul into the young boy who owns the doll. Chucky, the doll at the heart of the story, became an instant horror icon, and two sequels bearing the Child's Play name were released. By the fourth installment, Bride of Chucky, the films began taking on a more satirical tone, and evolved into campier dark comedies. The most recent installment, Cult of Chucky, was released straight-to-video last year.

The film is not the only project on tap to keep Chucky alive in the public imagination. Just days ago, Mancini confirmed to SYFY WIRE that a TV series starring the character is "on the horizon," but didn't offer any further details. It remains unclear how much, if at all, Mancini is connected to this new film project. 

So, Chucky's getting a theatrical feature for the first time since Seed of Chucky in 2004. We don't know yet when the film will be released, or who will star, but the killer doll now has a chance to on a new for that will terrify a whole new generation.