Mark Hamill is taking another step into the horror genre by voicing Chucky in the upcoming remake of Child’s Play, but it wasn’t an easy task. Three decades after director Tom Holland’s slasher film Child’s Play arrived to terrorize generations – and six sequels later – comes a new version with Lars Klevberg in charge of directing.
Child’s Play follows the same basic plot of the original, in which a mother (Aubrey Plaza) gives her son, Andy (Gabriel Bateman) a toy doll for his birthday, unaware of the evil inside of it. The story went through some major changes in order to adapt it to the modern world, with Chucky (now voiced by Hamill) having a bunch of technological enhancements and a new origin to his evil nature.
It really isn’t the Chucky we all know. This new evil doll isn’t possessed by a serial killer, but instead programmed to be evil by a still unidentified character who we got to (briefly) see in one of the trailers. Hamill shared that he found this change in Chucky’s backstory to be “the crucial element” that was different from the original, and while the character is very dark and intense, it also has a dose of humor, which was a bit tricky for him. In the end, he says it was a “sort of open collaboration” as he would do “slightly different nuances”, with the editing team putting them together to achieve the desired tone.
At the Los Angeles Press Conference taken place at the four seasons on June 8th, 2019, Hamill didn’t shy away from acknowledging that particular pressure as well.
“It’s a great responsibility, so I’m anxious to see how people react because it’s not the Chucky that we all know from before,” Hamill said. “I thought the crucial element that was different from the original, which I love — I’m a huge fan of Brad’s interpretation — Chucky has a different origin. So it’s not the soul of a serial killer, but someone deliberately goes in and alters his operating system and takes off the safety measures.”
Director Lars Klevberg delivers an entirely different portrait of the creepy doll. While the skeleton of the story remains the same, the look, the feeling and the sound have changed. This new iteration includes a new vision of the doll – from his motivations, to his aesthetics, to his vocal inflections – and a disquieting score from composer Bear McCreary.
The filmaker shared, that he didn’t have to give a ton of direction to McCreary to create the chilling compositions that provide the sonic backdrop to the killer mayhem.
“We talked about patterns and how the soundscape would be. We talked about doing it in a small scale with a personal touch. It’s such an iconic voice from Bear and he used all these strange instruments”
In addition to the score’s refurbished identity, Klevberg added an original song into the mix – one they hope to submit for Academy Awards consideration. He said,
The early suggestion was to deliver an original Oscar song. I thought that was a great idea.
“The Buddi Song” is a haunting, slightly sour lullaby Chucky sings to Andy (Gabriel Bateman), lulling him into the safety of sleep. Later, of course, the song notes morph into something far more sinister. Hamill shared that, during production, they used a temp track.
Early on, we had a placeholder. I was singing it to the tune of “You Are My Sunshine” and I got used to that. Then Bear sent me the disc with his song on it. I thought it was ROSEMARY’S BABY lullaby good, where it works authentically, but creeps you out in a way.
He picked up the catchy song rather quickly thanks, in part, to LA traffic.
I do a lot of voiceover, so I was going into the Valley from Malibu and I listened to it 18 times on the way over and 22 times on the way home, because there was traffic. It bore into my head like an earwig. I’ll never be able to get it out of my head for as long as I live.
Please find below pictures of the cast I took during the press conference in Los Angeles, June 8th, 2019
“Child’s Play” will open in theaters nationwide June 21. Hear more of Mark Hamill’s iconic take on CHUCKY in this creepy new clip, and don’t miss Child’s Play, in theaters nationwide on June 21. #ChildsPlayMovie
Director: Lars Klevberg
Writer: Tyler Burton Smith
Producers: Seth Graham-Smith, David Katzenberg
Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Brian Tyree Henry, Gabriel Bateman, and Mark Hamill as the voice of Chucky
A contemporary re-imagining of the 1988 horror classic, Child’s Play follows Karen (Aubrey Plaza), a single mother who gifts her son Andy (Gabriel Bateman) a Buddi doll, unaware of its more sinister nature.
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