It’s a great–if confusing–time to be a fan of the Child’s Play series. The classic killer doll franchise is now more than 30 years old, and not only is a new TV show in the works, but an unrelated movie remake also hits theaters this summer. The first trailer has now been released for that film.
The trailer doesn’t give much away, and fans hoping to see or hear Chucky might be disappointed. But we do get the story set-up, which seems to hit the beats of the original 1988 movie. A young boy is given a Buddi toy, the hottest doll on the market. Unfortunately, this doll has a mind of his own and sets about causing all sorts of murderous mayhem. No word yet if the remake Chucky has been possessed by a serial killer like in the original films, but he certainly seems every bit as evil as the first version. Check the trailer out above.
Child’s Play is directed by Lars Klevberg, who has also helmed the upcoming horror Polaroid. It stars Aubrey Plaza (Legion) and Brian Tyree Henry (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse), plus Gabriel Bateman (Light’s Out) as the kid who end up in possession of the evil doll Chucky. It’s produced by David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith, who also produced the blockbuster 2017 adaptation of Stephen King’s It The movie hits theaters on June 21.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Klevberg spoke about getting involved the remake. “Child’s Play was, and is, one of my all-time horror movies and it was one of my introductions to horror,” he said. “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.”
As for the Child’s Play TV series, it’s titled ‘Chucky,’ and is being developedfor SyFy. While Child’s Play creator Don Mancini is not involved with the new movie, he is writing and producing the show.
The Chucky series kicked off in 1988 with Child’s Play, which was followed by two direct sequels in 1990 and 1991. The series took a more overt comic turn with 1998’s The Bride of Chucky and three subsequent films. Mancini wrote every movie in the series to date and directed the last three, including 2017’s The Cult of Chucky.