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 American slasher film directed by Lars Klevberg and written by Tyler Burton Smith produced by Orion Pictures. It is a remake of the 1988 film of the same name. The film stars Gabriel Bateman, Aubrey Plaza, Brian Tyree Henry and Tim Matheson, and is produced by Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg.

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


"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 son and a young boy who comes into the possession of a murderous doll.
  • Brian Tyree Henry as Detective Mike Norris, Omar’s father and a detective investigating a mysterious string of murders.
  • Tim Matheson as Henry Kaslan, founder and CEO of Kaslan Corp the company that manufacture the Buddi doll.[2]
  • Marlon Kazadi as Omar Norris, Andy's best friend and son of Mike Norris.
  • 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 3rd, 2018, it was officially 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: Chapter One 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 expressed his disdain for the remake, remarking that Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, as rights holder for the original film, can do what they please with the property; while also when asked if he and fellow franchise producer David Kirschner would have any involvement (namely, credited as executive producers), 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."

He concluded by revealing that part of his disdain stems from concern that the remake will reflect poorly on the original franchise, which he is still producing, saying,

"The people who are making that movie, they don't know how that's going to affect my livelihood. It's not just a paycheck. It's very personal. MGM's screwing with that... potentially."[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]


Principal photography on the film began on September 20, 2018, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and wrapped on November 8, 2018.[citation needed]

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.[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 (the joint distribution venture between MGM and Annapurna Pictures),[1] which will mark, in some way, a reuniting of the Child's Play franchise with the UA brand since the original 1988 film.


  1. ^ a b Ellingson, Annlee (February 5, 2019). "MGM, Annapurna revive United Artists for joint distribution venture". L.A. Biz. American City Business Journals. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  3. ^ Kit, Borys (July 3, 2018). "'Child's Play' Remake in the Works With 'Polaroid' Director". Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  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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