MGM and Orion Pictures have revealed a new image of Chucky in the upcoming “Child’s Play” remake.
The marketing team took to Twitter to release the new image, which shows off the iconic, knife-wielding doll in this new adaptation of the series. Created by Don Mancini, Chucky first debuted and slashed it up in the 1988 film “Child’s Play.” A murderous soul gets cast into the vessel of a popular doll and soon it wreaks havoc for a young boy. From there, a slew of seven films followed, diluting the doll from the precarious creepiness into more comedic and crude butchering. Say what you will about the franchise, but audiences seem to love the iconic first film, which relied on animatronics and suspense. Judging by the remake’s teaser and slim details, it strays away from the voodoo in favor of a technologically weaponized Chucky. This could be interesting…or a disaster.
Lars Klevberg directs the remake with a script written by Tyler Burton Smith, who’s worked on the video games “Sleeping Dogs” and “Quantum Break.” Klevberg’s past directing projects include the short-turned-feature “Polaroid.”
“Child’s Play was, and is, one of my all-time horror movies and it was one of my introductions to horror. I got the script [for the remake] and it was really, really good, and I knew it was from the producers from It, and I jumped in immediately,” Klevberg said in an interview last year with Entertainment Weekly.
The cast of “‘Child’s Play” includes Aubrey Plaza, Bryan Tyree Henry, Tim Matheson and Gabriel Bateman. In lieu of Brad Dourif, MGM tapped the next best thing, Mark Hamill as the voice of Chucky. The “Star Wars” veteran, Hamill is no stranger to the doll. He voiced Chucky in an episode of Adult Swim’s “Robot Chicken.”
“Child’s Play” is produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer and Orion Pictures. It is being distributed domestically in theaters by Orion Pictures June 21. An official full-length trailer is expected to drop Thursday.