Though Cabbage Patch Kids and My Buddy have long been gone from shelves, Chucky is making an anachronistic return to screens. MGM is reportedly fast-tracking a reboot of Child’s Play, the 1988 slasher-comedy about a toddler-sized doll possessed by the soul of a serial killer. That film, and its six increasingly absurd sequels, were all written (at least in part) by Don Mancini, but this will be the first without his involvement. The reboot is being scripted by Tyler Burton Smith, writer of the video game Quantum Break and the upcoming Kung Fury sequel, and directed by Lars Klevberg—the horror director whose Polaroid has been sitting on the shelf for a year now, with no release in sight. (The Weinstein Company’s bankruptcy is involved in that issue, so he’s not necessarily to blame.)
We’ll soon find out whether Klevberg, Smith, and MGM have the sense to set this in the ’90s and stuff the killer’s brain inside a Furby knock-off: production is already scheduled for September.