Official Press Release
Chicago, IL – November 14, 2006 – Something has moved in with Devil's Due Publishing, Inc., and that something is terror! The ink is dry on a licensing agreement between Devil's Due and Universal Studios Consumer Products Group, sealing the deal to resurrect horror icon Chucky and bring the killer doll to comic books.
The 1988 feature film Child's Play garnered an immense cult following, spawned many sequels, and now becomes a terrifying new comic book. Wounded by police, "Lakeshore Strangler" Charles Lee Ray stumbled into a toy store. Just before his death, the serial killer used voodoo to transfer his soul into a Play Pals "Good Guy" doll. When the doll was brought home as a child's birthday gift, horror ensued, and hasn't stopped since.
"In light of a popular resurgence of both horror movies and, more recently, horror comics, we thought fans might be ready for more Chucky," says DDP President Joshua Blaylock. "Devil's Due's infatuation with the horror genre isn't a new one; the breakout cult success of Tim Seeley's HACK/SLASH sparked more than enough interest to follow up with horror/occult themed LOST SQUAD, BLACK HARVEST, and NIGHTWOLF, as well as a brief revival of the dormant Chaos Comics ghouls. We're excited as can be to bring Chucky to comics. Coming up with ideas for the character is 'child's play'."
Look for more information in the coming months, as well as the advent of a new series in early 2007… This winter, you'll wish it were only make believe.
ABOUT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS CONSUMER PRODUCTS GROUP
Universal Studios Consumer Products Group is responsible for global licensing and retail strategies as well as building brand recognition of the extensive catalogue of NBC Universal properties. Universal Studios Consumer Products Group is a unit of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% owned by Vivendi.
ABOUT DEVIL'S DUE PUBLISHING –
Devil's Due Publishing was formed in 1999 as both a commercial art studio and a small press comic book publisher. DDP's first breakout success was 2001's revamp of G.I. JOE, returning the long-lost 1980s characters to comics. The company not only ignited an 80's retro boom in the industry, but quickly diversified its line up, offering more popular licensed comics, as well as fan-favorite original titles. Today, DDP's lineup includes FORGOTTEN REALMS, DRAGONLANCE CHRONICLES, G.I. JOE: AMERICA'S ELITE, FAMILY GUY, DEMONWARS, LOST SQUAD, NIGHTWOLF and the cult favorite HACK/SLASH. Devil's Due has two properties in line for motion picture development, and is poised to explode in the entertainment world in the very near future.