We’d previously heard rumblings of a Chucky TV show, but now it’s official! A Chucky TV show is in the works at Syfy. According to The Wrap, the network has landed the rights to develop a TV show based on the horror film franchise about the doll possessed by the soul of serial killer Charles Lee Ray
“I’ve long wanted to bring Chucky to television and Syfy is the perfect network for us,” said Don Mancini, who has written all seven films in the Chucky franchise so far, as well as directed three of them. He is on board to write and executive produce the TV adaptation.
“The show will be a fresh take on the franchise,” continued Mancini, “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.”
“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,” said Bill McGoldrick, president, scripted content, NBCU Cable Entertainment. “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.”
Syfy’s TV series will be named Chucky. David Kirschner, who has produced all of the film in the franchise, will also act as an executive producer alongside Mancini. Most recently, the two released Cult of Chucky in 2017.
The film franchise is set to see a remake of the original 1988 film, Child’s Play, released in theaters in June 2019. Starring Gabriel Bateman, Aubrey Plaza and Brian Tyree Henry, the remake is being made by MGM and Orion, with director Lars Klevberg and producers Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg.