While MGM may be back from the grave, it’s still not off life-support. The studio has to make very careful decisions regarding its future and they’ve chosen the safest route available to them: rebooting their successful franchises. As we previously reported, MGM is moving forward with remakes/reboots of Robocop, Poltergeist, Mr. Mom, and The Idolmaker. Today, Movieweb reports that you can add another film to MGM’s reboot pile: the 1988 killer-doll horror flick Child’s Play. For those unfamiliar with the Child’s Play franchise, the movies were about a doll named Chucky (voiced by Brad Dourif) who was inhabited by the evil spirit of a serial killer. While I’m personally baffled by horror movies where the monster is tiny enough to drop-kick, Child’s Play went on to four sequels, most recently 2004’s Seed of Chucky.
According to Movieweb, the script by franchise screenwriter Don Mancini is already finished. There’s also an unconfirmed report that the remake will be darker and less comedic than the recent films, and that production is slated to begin later this year with Brad Dourif returning to voice Chucky. Hit the jump to check out a trailer for the original Child’s Play. [Update: I just got off the phone with MGM’s head of marketing Michael Vollman and he tells me that while they love the Chucky franchise, there are currently no plans to remake Child’s Play.]
I find that Child’s Play is really only scary if you’re a child. It’s the perfect movie for a pre-adolescent kid who, whether intentionally or accidentally, watches the R-rated flick and believes his favorite toy will come to life and kill him or her. That’s terrifying if you’re a kid. If you’re an adult, you rest secure in the knowledge that you can stuff Chucky in the garbage disposal and move on with your day.