It’s been quite a while since the horror character Chucky has been truly relevant. But with the announcement today that a Child’s Play TV show is headed to Syfy, Chucky may very well be a horror icon once again.
The Child’s Play TV show will bring with it all of the franchise’s core creators. Don Mancini, the original creator and writer of the character is set to write and produce. Producer David Kirschner and TV writer and producer Nick Antosca are attached as well.
Bill McGoldrick, President of Scripted Content at NBCU Cable Entertainment expressed his excitement about the project, stating that “It’s very rare that you get the opportunity to bring such an iconic character to your network, let alone with the original creator attached.” McGoldrick continued, saying “We look forward to working with Don, David and Nick on putting their blood, sweat, and more blood into bringing the Chucky story to television.”
Mancini has been teasing a possible Child’s Play TV show since he dropped a tweet back in June. Things obviously went well since, with Mancini confirming he “long wanted to bring Chucky to television and Syfy is the perfect network for us.”
The character’s creator then went on to explain that “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 upcoming Child’s Play TV show isn’t the only Child’s Play project in the works though. MGM is developing a modern day reboot of the film franchise. It features Gabriel Bateman as the young star who the doll will terrorize. And Aubrey Plaza as the child’s mother who inadvertently gifts the possessed doll to her son.
Unlike the Child’s Play TV show, the franchise’s creator Don Mancini is not involved. Nor is longtime Chucky vocalist, Brad Dourif.
The cursed doll himself even released a quote following today’s news, saying “In these troubled times, I believe it’s my obligation as a horror icon to reach the widest possible audience, on TV. For over 30 years, I’ve been scaring the shit out of you. But now at Syfy, I look forward to really making a difference.”