Child’s Play – USA, 2019

‘More than a toy… he’s your best friend.’

Child’s Play is a 2019 American horror feature film directed by Norwegian Lars Klevberg (Polaroid) from a screenplay by Tyler Burton Smith (Kung Fury 2 and Quantum Break and Sleeping Dogs video games). David Katzenberg (IT) and Seth Grahame-Smith (IT) are producing the MGM/Orion movie which stars Aubrey Plaza, Brian Tyree Henryn, and Gabriel Bateman (Lights Out).

A mother (Aubrey Plaza) gives her son (Gabriel Bateman) a Buddi toy doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature…

Previously, The Hollywood Reporter‘s Richard Newby had noted: “While discussions of a Child’s Play reboot have been bounced around for years, the news comes as something of a surprise given that the Child’s Play franchise, since rebranded as the Chucky franchise, is still ongoing, and stronger than ever. As one of the few horror franchise’s to be born out of the era to hold onto a single continuity, the news of a reboot feels like a blow to horror fans.”

Meanwhile, Child’s Play creator Don Mancini, who recently announced that he’s developing a Child’s Play TV series, plus more film sequels to follow the favourably received Cult of Chucky (2017), has expressed his dissatisfaction with MGM’s decision to suddenly develop a reboot – without his involvement – and posted a link to The Hollywood Reporter article quoted above. Chucky fans have been quick to support Mancini’s dismay.

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