If you’ve been following the production of the Child’s Play (2019) reboot, then you know just how much flak it’s been getting. Just the other week, Don Mancini – architect and mastermind behind Chucky – sounded off over his feelings of the still ongoing franchise receiving a modern interpretation. And rightfully so, given the absence of both Mancini and Brad Douriff – the iconic voice of Chucky for 30 years – from the Lars Klevberg (Polaroid) directed film. While we have yet to see any on-set photos of Chucky outside of a press photo released back in September, we now know that Todd Masters (Slither) and his special effects team MastersFX are behind the new Buddi doll, which has been described as “a contemporary version of the iconic Good Guys doll.”
Phew, some good news.
In a press release sent out yesterday, both MGM and Orion Pictures have announced that the team behind Syfy‘s Falling Skies and Underworld‘s lycans “took six weeks to prepare and assemble seven practical animatronic puppets, each with interchangeable arms and heads that perform a variety of required actions on set.”
Masters, whose own personal resume includes crafting multiple cadavers for HBO‘s Six Feet Under, knew of the challenge presented in recreating an iconic (and on-going) character, stating that “Lars’ fresh vision for this film turned what could have been a challenging process into a seamless and beautiful collaboration.” In describing the film, Masters says that “MGM and Orion’s Child’s Play is not a remake or retelling but a completely new style and concept and we believe that BUDDI fits with this vision perfectly”
Starring Gabriel Bateman, Aubrey Plaza and Brian Tyree Henry, and written by Tyler Burton Smith (Kung Fury 2), the upcoming…re-imagining…tells of a boy who receives a doll for his birthday, unaware that it possesses the unique ability to walk, talk and kill. Produced by Seth Grahame-Green (the author behind Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) and David Katzenberg (It, It Chapter 2), Child’s Play is set to release on June 21st, 2019.