Attention all you Chucky fans out there: everyone’s favorite demonic doll is joining is fellow horror icon Ash in jumping from the big screen to the small screen in a new Child’s Play television series. The news was confirmed by Don Mancini, the creator and producer of the long-running Chucky franchise, in a post on Twitter:
— Don Mancini (@RealDonMancini) June 22, 2018
The Chucky series of movies began in 1988 with Child’s Play, which told the story of Charles Lee “Chucky” Ray, a serial killer who transfers his soul into a little kid’s “Good Guy” doll via voodoo magic, and continues his killing spree in the cutest form imaginable. The arrival of Chucky on the big screen added to the horror pantheon of ’80s movie killers with very common names, and much like fellow slasher Freddy Krueger, Chucky loved to crack wise before offing his victims. In the thirty years since then, there have been seven entries in the series, with the most recent being 2017’s Cult of Chucky.
So what will a Child’s Play TV series actually be about? According to Bloody Disgusting, Brad Dourif will be back as the voice of Chucky, the show will be eight hourlong episodes to start with, and it will be within existing canon and not a reboot. There was a sequel announced to Cult of Chucky last year, but will this new television series be in addition to that movie, or will it just replace it entirely? It’s all a big unknown at this point, as is just which network this new show is supposed to land on.
One thing we do know about the new show is that it would use the term Child’s Play in the title, for the first time in decades. For various rights reasons, all Chucky films since 1998’s Bride of Chucky have only used the name Chucky in the title, and not the original name of Child’s Play. It seems some kind of deal must have been worked out with the original rights holders. Hopefully, this attempt at a horror franchise coming to TV lasts at least as long as the beloved (but gone too soon) Ash vs Evil Dead.
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