Last month, Syfy officially announced it is going ahead with a television series based on the popular horror franchise Child’s Play from original series creator Don Mancini. Mancini recently worked for the network as a writer on Nick Antosca’s horror anthology show Channel Zero. Mancini and Antosca are again teaming up for the new show based on the iconic killer doll.
Antosca recently spoke to /Film about the show. Among some of the details the producer dropped was a tentative title:
“The working title is Chucky. That could change, but that’s the working title.”
Antosca also acknowledged that for a while, Chucky had become more of a comedian than a force to be feared and emphasized that tonally the series would be more in line with the earlier films:
“The series is going to be closer to the tone of the first two movies in the series though. It’s going to go back to a sort of classic scare.”
According to /Film’s report, the producer confirmed that part of going back to the basics of the franchise was to return to the idea of Chucky going after kids.
As far as what fans can expect from Chucky, Antosca mentioned that he wants new viewers to feel welcome to the show without any of it contradicting what has come before:
“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.”
Essentially, the idea is to build a new story within the canon of the character. To Antosca, that means mostly new characters, with the occasional cameo from fan favorites such as Jennifer Tilly:
“They might pop in eventually, but it’s new characters. I don’t want to say anything definitive. I want to leave that to Don, but let’s just say that there might be opportunities in the story for Jennifer or Fiona to make an appearance. Of course, the plan is for Brad to be the voice.”
There is currently no premiere date for Chucky.
What do you make of this news? Are you excited to watch Chucky? Or has that franchise been run into the ground for you? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!