Syfy’s upcoming TV adaptation of Child’s Play is going under the working title of Chucky. Chucky first appeared in the 1988 horror movie Child’s Play and is a murderous doll possessed by the spirit of a dead serial killer named Charles Lee Ray. The series is somewhat unusual in that creator Don Mancini has been involved with every entry, evolving from screenwriter to the director of the last three entries. The tone of the franchise itself has evolved from movie to movie, with the first three being straightforward horror movies, to sequels like Bride Of Chucky or Seed Of Chucky being much more comic in tone.
The last two installments in the series - Curse Of Chucky and Cult Of Chucky - have gone direct to DVD, but still scored high reviews. Now Mancini is bringing the franchise to TV together with Channel Zero producer Nick Antosca. It was recently confirmed the series wouldn’t be toning anything down, with Chucky freely allowed to throw out F-bombs. The show will also be in continuity with the movies, with familiar faces like Jennifer Tilly as Chucky’s love interest Tiffany expected to reappear.
For the TV show, Brad Dourif will return to lend his voice to Chucky, which is a role he’s held since the original Child’s Play. In a chat with Slashfilm, Nick Antosca revealed some new information about the show, including the tentative title: "The working title is Chucky. That could change, but that’s the working title."
He also compared the tone to the original movies and that while it will acknowledge the canon of past entries, it’s telling a new story.
It’s consistent with that mythology, but it’s a whole new story. So you could come into it without knowing anything about the previous stuff and get into it. But it is consistent with all the mythology that has come before, so it is in canon.
Given the quality of the last couple of movies, it’s easy to get excited about the Child’s Play series. Mancini has been able to keep the quality of the franchise high, and Channel Zero is one of the most underrated horror shows of the last few years. The combination of Antosca and Mancini promises great things. It remains to be seen how the series will expand the idea of a killer doll to a full season, but that said, other movie franchises have successfully made similar leaps to television like Hannibal and Bates Motel.
Chucky is being developed alongside a high-profile remake of Child’s Play, which Mancini is neither involved with nor approves of. The remake will focus on an A.I. doll named Buddi who goes on a murderous rampage when something goes wrong with his programming. The trailer make it look like a promising new take on the concept, and will mark Chucky’s first time on the big screen since 2004’s Seed Of Chucky. Fans of the franchise will have a busy year with both the big screen reboot and the small screen continuation, so hopefully, they’ll both live up to expectations.
- Child's Play (2019) release date: Jun 21, 2019