The original Chucky will kill once again on the small screen for the Syfy network's Child's Play TV Show, and his creator Don Mancini says the show will arrive sometime in 2020. Previously, Mancini had confirmed the show was in development, with Syfy placing an order for the upcoming series. This suggests that production for the show will likely begin soon. Little else about the project has since been revealed, but updates should hopefully be forthcoming if principal photography will take place this year.
What we do now about the series is that it will continue from where Cult of Chucky left off in 2017. Brad Dourif will very likely reprise the voice of Chucky, and it's expected many other fan favorites from the series will be coming back as well. There were many cliffhangers fans were left with at the conclusion of Cult, directly setting up many storylines to be explored in the upcoming series. It's a safe bet to presume Alex Vincent's Andy, Christine Elise's Kyle, Jennifer Tilly's Tiffany, and Fiona Dourif's Neca will all be a part of the show. Of course, the series will be introducing some new characters as well, and there will be no shortage of potential victims for Chucky and his "cult."
Chucky was born in 1988 in the slasher movie Child's Play, which was written by Don Mancini and directed by Tom Holland. The carnage continued in 1990's Child's Play 2 and 1991's Child's Play 3, before Chucky took a break from the big screen until getting married in 1998's Bride of Chucky. His final theatrical showing came in 2006 with Seed of Chucky, as the 2013 and 2017 sequels Curse of Chucky and Cult of Chucky were released directly to home video. Something every installment of the franchise has in common is that they were all written by Mancini, who's credited as Chucky's creator. Mancini has directed the past three movies as well, and will be spearheading the story for the new Chucky TV series.
Of course, the upcoming Child's Play TV series is completely unrelated to Orion's remake of the 1988 movie, which hits theaters next month. Featuring the voice of Mark Hamill as the new Chucky, the movie will be a modern retelling of the original, adding a technological twist to the doll. Aubrey Plaza, Gabriel Bateman, and Brian Tyree Henry will also star along with Hamill. You can see it on the big screen when it premieres on June 21, 2019, which is humorously enough the same day Toy Story 4 premieres.
Considering the original franchise is still ongoing, some fans are unhappy to see Orion remaking the first movie. However, introducing a new generation of horror fans to the series can only benefit the upcoming show. Personally, I think it's great to see the franchise returning to the big screen, even if it's unconnected to the Syfy series. There's no reason fans shouldn't be able to enjoy both. You can take a look at Mancini's tweet about the Child's Play series below.
TV series! 2020! 😀— Don Mancini (@RealDonMancini) April 27, 2019