Chucky isn’t just coming to the big screen, he’s also coming to the small screen in an all new television series. Original creator, Don Mancini is bringing the murderous red headed doll to SYFY after a long bidding war took place for the series.
Mancini will serve as writer and executive producer. Mancini co-wrote 1988’s Child’s Play which kicked off the franchise, as well as penned its six sequels and directed three of the films. Longtime franchise producer David Kirschner is also on board, along with Nick Antosca (who worked with Mancini on Hannibal and Channel Zero).
“I’ve long wanted to bring Chucky to television and Syfy is the perfect network for us,” Mancini said. “The show will be a fresh take on the franchise, allowing us to explore Chucky’s character with a depth that is uniquely afforded by the television series format, while staying true to the original vision that has terrorized audiences for over three decades now.”
The news comes as a remake of the original Child’s Play — the first film without Mancini at the helm — is set to hit theaters on June 21. The film is directed by Lars Klevberg (Polaroid) and stars Aubrey Plaza. That film looks to completely rewrite the mythology of Chucky from being a murderer trapped in a doll and changing it to a smart toy gone haywire. The film is in no way connected to the tv show other than the name and of course, Chucky.
Thank god we got the tv show to cling on to….