Child's Play (2019 film)

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Child's Play
Teaser poster
Directed byLars Klevberg
Produced by
Screenplay byTyler Burton Smith
Based onChild's Play
by Don Mancini
CinematographyBrendan Uegama
Edited byTom Elkins
Distributed byUnited Artists Releasing[1]
Release date
  • June 21, 2019 (2019-06-21) (United States)
CountryUnited States

Child's Play is an upcoming 2019 American slasher film written by Tyler Burton Smith and directed by Lars Klevberg. It is the eighth installment in the Child's Play franchise and serves as a reboot of the 1988 film of the same name, following a plot similar to the original film. It stars Aubrey Plaza, Gabriel Bateman, Brian Tyree Henry, and Tim Matheson.

The film was officially announced in July 2018, a modern version of Child's Play, a reboot, was in development at MGM, without the involvement of franchise creator Don Mancini, nor Brad Dourif. Polaroid filmmaker Lars Klevberg and writer Tyler Burton Smith signed on as director and screenwriter, respectively, alongside It producers Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg serve as producers. Principal photography began on the film began on September 21, 2018 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

The film is scheduled to be released in the United States in the June 21, 2019 by Orion Pictures.


"The story follows a mother named Karen (Aubrey Plaza) who gives her son Andy (Gabriel Bateman) a toy doll, Chucky, though both aren't aware of its evil nature."


  • Aubrey Plaza as Karen Barclay, Andy’s mother.
  • Gabriel Bateman as Andy Barclay, Karen’s 12-year-old son and a young boy who comes into the possession of a murderous doll.
  • Brian Tyree Henry as Detective Mike Norris, a detective investigating a mysterious string of murders.
  • Tim Matheson as Henry Kaslan, founder and CEO of Kaslan Corp., the company that manufactures the Buddi doll.[2]
  • Marlon Kazadi as Omar Norris, Andy's friend.
  • Ty Consiglio as Pugg, Andy's friend.
  • Beatrice Kitsos as Falyn, Andy's friend.
  • Nicole Anthony as Detective Willis.
  • Anantjot S. Aneja as Chris, one of Andy's friends.
  • Carlease Burke as Doreen
  • Amber Taylor as Shane's Daughter
  • Kenneth Tynan as Jonga Burger Dude
  • Michael Bardach as Homeless Man
  • JC Meredith as Cab Driver



On July 3, 2018, it was announced that a modern-day version of Child's Play, a reboot, was in development at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, with a different creative team than the original film series. Lars Klevberg signed on as director, with a script by Tyler Burton Smith (of Polaroid and Quantum Break fame, respectively). It and It: Chapter Two collaborative team Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg will serve as producers.[3][4]

In December 2018, in a guest appearance on the Post Mortem with Mick Garris Podcast, series creator/writer/director Don Mancini criticized the remake, remarking that Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, as rights holder for the original film, can do what they please with the property. When asked if he and fellow franchise producer David Kirschner would have any involvement, he said:

We said no thank you, because we have our ongoing thriving business with Chucky. Obviously my feelings were hurt... And I did create the character and nurture the franchise for three [...] decades. So when someone says, Oh yeah, we would love to have your name on the film... it was hard not to feel like I was being patronized. They just wanted our approval. Which I strenuously denied them.[5]


The same month that the project was announced, Liv Tyler was revealed as having been considered for a role in the film.[6] In September 2018, Aubrey Plaza, Brian Tyree Henry and Gabriel Bateman joined the cast.[7][8] In November 2018, Ty Consiglio and Beatrice Kitsos joined the cast.[9]

Visual effects[edit]

MastersFX, a visual effects company, took six weeks to prepare and assemble seven practical animatronic puppets, each with interchangeable arms and heads that performed a variety of required actions on set.[10]


In September 2018, the first official image of Chucky was released, revealing the doll's first look. By November the theatrical poster was released revealing that for the film's adaptation the Good Guy Dolls will be called Buddi, referencing the real-life My Buddy doll that influenced the character's original design. A WiFi symbol over the "i" in "Buddi" teases the character's hi-tech functions in the film, being similar to robot toys such as Furby, or Robosapien, which makes a cameo in the trailer.[11][12] Orion Pictures launched a marketing website, for the fictional Kaslan Corp, ahead of the film's release.[13]

The first trailer was released on February 8, 2019 to coincide with the release of The Prodigy.[2]


The film is scheduled to be released in the United States on June 21, 2019.[11] It will be the first film from Orion Pictures to be released through United Artists Releasing,[1] which will mark, in some way, a reuniting of the Child's Play franchise with the UA brand since the original 1988 film.


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  4. ^ Sneider, Jeff (July 3, 2018). "'Child's Play' Reboot In the Works at MGM From 'It' Producers". Retrieved October 4, 2018.
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  6. ^ Burks, Robin (July 26, 2018). "Child's Play Remake Reportedly Eyeing Liv Tyler For Lead Role". Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  7. ^ Sneider, Jeff (September 19, 2018). "Exclusive: Aubrey Plaza, Brian Tyree Henry in Talks to Star in 'Child's Play' Reboot". Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  8. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (September 20, 2018). "Gabriel Bateman To Star As Andy In MGM's 'Child's Play' Remake, Joining Aubrey Plaza & Brian Tyree Henry". Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  9. ^ "Beatrice Kitsos & Ty Consiglio Join MGM's Child's Play Reboot". 2018-11-05. Retrieved 2018-11-13.
  10. ^ Collis, 2018, Clark (December 19, 2018). "'Child's Play' remake teased with behind-the-scenes photo of new Chucky". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  11. ^ a b "Child's Play Reboot Gets Summer 2019 Release Date & Poster". 2018-11-12. Retrieved 2019-02-14.
  12. ^ Santangelo, Nick (2018-11-12). "Child's Play: New Poster, Release Date Revealed for Chucky Reboot". IGN. Retrieved 2019-02-14.
  13. ^ "Child's Play Reboot Website Gives Chucky Some Modern Upgrades". 2018-11-26. Retrieved 2019-02-14.

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