Syfy lands rights to Chucky TV series from creator Don Mancini
Deadline brings word that Syfy has landed the rights to franchise creator/writer Don Mancini’s Chucky TV series.
The Child’s Play series will focus on the doll possessed by serial killer Charles Lee Ray from the movies. Mancini recently revealed that the series will be set right after the events of the 2017 film Cult of Chucky. The show will also go back to the roots of the series by involving children.
“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,” Mancini said.
Chucky added: “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.”
Mancini and Kirschner will executive producer alongside Antoscia vis his Eat the Cat banner. David Kirschner will serve as producer with TV writer and producer Nick Antosca (The Act) also on board. Mancini will pen the adaptation for Universal Cable Productions.
The Child’s Play series has been running for 30 years, with the first film dropping in 1988 to box office success, generally positive reviews and a cult following, spawning six sequels that remained box office successes but slowly started earning more mixed and negative reviews, until the revitalized Curse of Chucky, which returned to the franchise’s horror roots and earned very positive reviews. The most recent installment, Cult of Chucky, was released on Blu-ray and video on demand last October and received strong reviews from critics. Brad Dourif has been a staple of the franchise since its inception, lending his voice to the murderous doll in all of the films.