Some pretty enticing projects underway for Chucky fans.
Not only is there a movie reboot heading to the big screen in June, the possessed doll will also be slashing up the small screen thanks to new deal made at Syfy. A Chucky television series is now in development at the cable network, which won the rights in a competitive situation with other companies.
Chucky creator and the film franchise’s writer Don Mancini is on board as writer and executive producer. “I’ve long wanted to bring Chucky to television and SYFY is the perfect network for us,” Mancini said 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.”
Added Chucky himself, aka Charles Lee Ray: “In these troubled times, I believe it’s my obligation as a horror icon to reach the widest possible audience, on TV. For over thirty years, I’ve been scaring the sh*t out of you. But now at SYFY, I look forward to really making a difference.”
Plot details are being kept under wraps for the potential series, which is expected to find voice of Chucky Brad Dourif returning in the role. Longtime Chucky franchise producer David Kirschner and Nick Antosca (Hannibal, Channel Zero) will be EPs alongside Mancini.
“I worked with Don on Hannibal and on Channel Zero for SYFY, so developing Chucky with UCP 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.”
Set for a US theatrical release on June 21st is reboot Child’s Play, directed by Lars Klevberg (Polaroid) and written by Tyler Burton Smith (Quantum Break video game). Here are the first official images that were released for that one: