MGM and Orion sent out a press release this morning announcing that Todd Masters and his Emmy Award-winning character FX studio MastersFX were behind the reimagining of the Chucky doll for their upcoming Child's Play remake.
The release details...
“MastersFX has brought the new Chucky doll to life on screen like never before in a mixture of practical on-set puppet work and digital FX enhancements. Todd Masters, founder of MastersFX, and his team 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. The FX team, led by ace puppeteer Keith Arbuthnot, along with Mike Fields, Jason Ward and Josh Raymond each controlled a different part of the doll.”
“It was important to Lars that we use animatronics as much as possible,” said producer David Katzenberg. “As fans of Todd’s work, we were thrilled when he and his team of exceptional artists and puppeteers agreed to take on the challenge of creating our take on a classic character.”
“Reconceiving a well-loved classic always feels like wading into tricky waters, however, Lars’ fresh vision for this film turned what could have been a challenging process into a seamless and beautiful collaboration,” said Masters. “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.”
Check out a behind the scenes photo of the Chucky/Buddi animatronics below.
"Child’s Play follows a mother (Aubrey Plaza) who gives her son (Gabriel Bateman) a toy doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature."
The film also stars Emmy and Tony nominee Brian Tyree Henry ("Atlanta") as Mike, Beatrice Kitsos (FOX’s “The Exorcist”), and Ty Consiglio (Wonder).
Lars Klevberg will direct from Tyler Burton Smith’s (Kung Fury, Quantum Break video game) screenplay based on the original motion picture.
Child's Play arrives in theaters on June 21st, 2019.