Having conquered the true crime genre with Hulu’s The Act — the retelling of the true story of Gypsy Rose Blanchard and her mother, Dee Dee Blanchard — series co-creator Nick Antosca has turned his attention to the horror genre with Chucky. This new TV series is based on the feature films about a doll possessed by the soul of a killer that began with 1988’s Child’s Play, a remake of which is coming this year. (Check out the trailer above.) The concept’s creator, Don Mancini, is working side-by-side with Nick to bring the series to life.
It would seem a challenge to keep the Chucky concept fresh with movies coming out every couple of years and now a TV series. Neither producer seems overly concerned.
“We’re developing Chucky right now,” says Antosca, who previously spoke to In Touch about The Act. “Don is writing the script at this moment; he’s literally got this laptop on his lap. I’m not writing the show, but serving as executive producer. We had worked together on Channel Zero together, so I think we have a pretty good sense at this point of how to tell a horror story in chapters on TV.”
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Mancini adds, “Part of the point is that we’re always trying to reinvent the franchise. So the idea of now seeing Chucky through the prism of eight to 10 separate episodes, it’s going to have to be very character-based if you’re going to sustain something through that many episodes. We just thought that this was a really exciting new way of reinventing the franchise yet again and while it’s not a new genre — in the films we’ve tried to place Chucky in different genres — it’s a different medium, which is just as exciting.”
Child’s Play will be released on November 5. Chucky will air on Syfy, though no premiere date has been announced.
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