Up until now, the Child’s Play series has been one of the few well-known ’80s horror franchises to avoid getting the dreaded modern remake treatment. After a pair of comedic sequels in the late ’90s and early 2000s, writer and co-creator Don Mancini took the reins in recent years for a pair of sequels that brought Chucky back to his horror roots. Despite being direct to video releases, both Curse of Chucky and Cult of Chucky seem to have been relatively well-received by fans and just last month Mancini hinted that a Chucky TV series would be next on the agenda. This week, however, we’ve got a surprising development that presents a fork in the road for the Child’s Play franchise. MGM is reportedly developing a remake of their own and Mancini will not be involved. Hit the jump for more info.
According to THR, MGM is fast-tracking a remake of Child’s Play with It producers David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith. Norwegian filmmaker Lars Klevberg (Polaroid) will direct from a script by Tyler Burton Smith (Quantum Break, Kung Fury 2). Collider is reporting that this will be a contemporary reboot that revolves around a group of kids, seemingly inspired by the success of both Stranger Things and It. Production is expected to start in Vancouver this September.
Some fans are no doubt confused by this news and wondering how MGM can possibly remake Child’s Play without the blessing of Don Mancini. It would seem that the rights situation is very complicated with Universal owning the “home entertainment rights” to the series but MGM released the original film back in 1988 and they have apparently found a way to set up a big screen remake of that film on their own. On a related note, Lars Klevberg’s previous film Polaroid was supposed to hit theatres last year but got pulled from the release schedule due to The Weinstein Company’s legal issues. It is unclear at this point if it will ever see the light of day. Are you interested in a brand new Child’s Play remake?