Chucky TV Show Brings The Killer Doll Back To Screens
"The show will be a fresh take on the franchise."
Even though the latest movie in the long-running Child's Play series was released less than two years ago, last July it was announced that the franchise was to be entirely rebooted as a new film without the involvement of creator Dan Mancini. However, it has now been confirmed that Mancini's story of killer doll Chucky will continue as TV show.
The show will be simply titled Chucky and is being developed at Syfy. Mancini will write the series, and will produce alongside long-term partner David Kirschner, as well as Nick Antosca, who worked with Mancini on the hit horror anthology series Channel Zero.
In a statement, Mancini said: "I've long wanted to bring Chucky to television and Syfy is the perfect network for us. 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 Chucky series kicked off in 1988 with Child's Play, which was followed by two direct sequels in 1990 and 1991. The series took a more overt comic turn with 1998's The Bride of Chucky and three subsequent films. Mancini has written every movie in the series to date and directed the last three, including 2017's The Cult of Chucky.
The Child's Play remake is being produced by MGM but will not have any involvement from Mancini. In a recent interview on the Post Mortem podcast, he explained that he wasn't happy about the new movie version. "Obviously my feelings were hurt," he said. "You know, I had just done two movies… forgive me if I sound defensive, [they] were both at 83 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Even though they didn't get theatrical releases, they were well regarded. And I did create the character and nurture the franchise for three f***ing decades.
"That's how I feel. The people who are making that movie, they don't know how that's going to affect my livelihood. It's not just a paycheck. It's very personal. MGM's screwing with that potentially."
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