I really have no opinion on remakes at this point. That’s not a negative statement. I’ll be open minded until the end. Speaking of (friends) “until the end,” a Child’s Play remake is in the works. The people behind the film have launched a website to promote it, and it so far, it looks like we’ll be getting this iconic ’80s horror updated in the digital age.
The website has a retro catalog ad aesthetic. There’s even a very real looking letter from the president of the company, promoting features of the brand new Buddi doll. What makes the remake contemporary is exactly what an evil doll in the 21st century might actually come equipped with from the factory. Chucky is now Cloud capable and fully compatible with all your smart devices. I bet he can even post on Facebook for you!
The latest information about the new Child’s Play film is that the Buddi doll gets hacked and then goes on a killing spree. I’m not sure how I feel about that yet. One of the most memorable scenes from the original film is Charles Lee Ray reciting an evil, soul-transferring incantation over a Good Guy doll. A serial killer who was also an occultist is twice as evil. Then again, technology can be pretty evil and terrifying, too. Like I said, I’m open-minded, and this website is a nice touch to pave the way for breaking new ground in the Child’s Play franchise.
Aubrey Plaza takes over the role of the well-meaning mother who gives her son (Lights Out’s Gabriel Bateman) the new Buddi doll. Other cast includes Ty Consiglio (iZombie, Arrow), Brian Tyree Henry (This Is Us), and Beatrice Kitsos (The Exorcist Series).
The film is directed by Lars Klevberg (Polaroid), and produced by David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith (It, It: Chapter 2). Executive producers are Aaron Schmidt and Chris Ferguson. Child’s Play is set for release on June 21, 2019.