Warning: Spoilers Ahead For Child's Play 2019.
Chucky's not toying around anymore so where could Child's Play 2 take the killer doll next? The original Child's Play from 1988 found a serial killer named Charles Lee Ray, played by Brad Dourif (Deadwood), transferring his son into a toy doll before he dies. Chucky then takes revenge on the people responsible for his death while attempting to transfer his soul into a young boy named Andy before he's trapped in the toy forever.
Child's Play unique gimmick, suspenseful direction, and good cast made it a success and Chucky soon became a horror icon. He's returned many times in the years that followed, but the sequels would often experience with formula. Bride Of Chucky was a post-modern meta-comedy like Scream while 2013's Curse Of Chucky was something of a gothic haunted house movie.
The franchise was recently rebooted with 2019's Child's Play which presents a different origin for Chucky, in addition to a more sympathetic portrayal. So if the remake is a hit, what should fans expect from Child's Play 2?
Child's Play 2019 Sets Up A Sequel
Child's Play 2019 ends with something of a bloodbath, where Andy (Gabriel Bateman), his mother and friends are all trapped inside a department store while Chucky controls drones equipped with blades and uses other Buddi dolls to attack the customers. After an extended showdown Andy finally destroys Chucky, but the final shot shows a newly packaged Buddi doll smiling like Chucky.
This clearly establishes Chucky survived being destroyed and possibly uploaded himself to The Cloud. The most obvious road Child's Play 2 could take is Chucky taking revenge against Andy, just like the original 1990 sequel. The reboot also toyed with the idea Chucky has control over other Buddi dolls, so Andy - or whoever Chucky's next target is - could be facing an army of killer toys. Bride Of Chucky still remains one of the franchise's most popular entries too, so a sequel could also introduce a little romance into Chucky's life in the form of a female Buddi doll.
Child's Play 2 Depends On The 2019 Remake's Box Office
The original Child's Play spawned six sequels, with creator Don Mancini currently working on a TV series set in the original franchise continuity. It feels like hype for the new Child's Play is a little lukewarm, possibly due to audiences feeling killer doll fatigue thanks to The Boy and Annabelle franchises. Its possible word of mouth will give the movie an extra boost at the box-office because it's a solid horror treat and it will be interesting to see where this take on Chucky - voiced by Mark Hamill (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) - will go next.
Child's Play 2 Release Date
The Child's Play remake came together remarkably fast, having been first announced in July 2018 and released in cinemas less than a year later. Taking that timeline into account, if the remake hits big its possible Child's Play 2 could hit cinemas in late 2020 if the studio immediately wants to move on a sequel.
That said, the franchise hasn't had great luck rushing a follow-up in the past, with 1991's Child's Play 3 coming a mere nine months after the previous sequel and is easily regarded as the weakest entry. Horror is currently riding on a wave of critical and commercial popularity, with famous slashers like Michael Myers and Candyman being rebooted. If Child's Play proves to be a success than the smart money would be to expect a Child's Play 2 by 2021, to strike while the iron is hot.