It looks like Chucky is ready to play again.
Syfy has landed the rights to develop a TV series that will focus on the red-haired doll in overalls (and former serial killer Charles Lee Ray) from the horror/slasher Child's Play franchise. The project will be overseen by creator Don Mancini, who will also write the adaptation, and producers David Kirschner and Nick Antosca as part of Syfy's plans to expand the scope of its genre programming while also catering to existing fanbases.
"I’ve long wanted to bring Chucky to television and Syfy is the perfect network for us,” Mancini said in a statement. “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 has been involved in the scripts for all films in the Child's Play franchise and directed Seed of Chucky, Curse of Chucky and the most recent film, Cult of Chucky.
“I worked with Don on Hannibal and on Channel Zero for Syfy, so developing Chucky with UCP [Universal Cable Prods] really feels like coming home,” Antosca added. “Syfy is the perfect place to tell the next chapter in the Chucky saga and having the original creative team lead the project will help elevate the story we are excited to tell.”
The series will have no connection to the Child's Play remake currently in development with Orion Pictures, an interpretation Mancini does not approve of and has distanced himself from in pursuit of continuing the direction of the original series.