Child’s Play is getting a theatrical reboot in June. However, we’ll be seeing a lot more of Charles Lee “Chucky” Ray outside of the multiplex. Via Deadline, Syfy has acquired the rights to produce a TV series starring the horror genre’s favorite killer doll. Franchise creator Don Mancini is overseeing the project for the network.
“I’ve long wanted to bring Chucky to television and Syfy is the perfect network for us,” said Mancini in a statement. “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.”
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Mancini wrote or co-wrote all seven previous Child’s Play films and directed the three most recent installments. Additionally, Mancini has openly criticized the upcoming reboot because he feels his franchise wasn’t given a proper conclusion. When MGM asked Mancini and original series producer David Kirschner to be executive producers on the new film, they declined. Kirschner is producing the Chucky series alongside Mancini and Nick Antosca. Needless to say, the show will have no connection to the reboot.
“I worked with Don on Hannibal and on Channel Zero for Syfy, so developing Chucky with UCP [Universal Cable Prods] really feels like coming home,” said Antosca. “Syfy is the perfect place to tell the next chapter in the Chucky saga and having the original creative team lead the project will help elevate the story we are excited to tell.”
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