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Development: Child’s Play TV show follows Cult of Chucky, space race goes live, and Wraith, a Muslim ghost story

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Oct 15, 2018

Wanna play? Chucky may be returning to his roots for the Child’s Play TV series in development from original creator Don Mancini, but that doesn’t mean he’s staying in the past. 

Mancini and character designer David Kirschner reportedly will bring new characters into the Child’s Play universe for the upcoming show, even as they pick up the timeline after the events of last year’s Cult of Chucky

Via Bloody Disgusting, which moderated a recent fan panel with the Child’s Play team at this year’s Screamfest in Los Angeles, Mancini says the new show will follow a story arc that Cult of Chucky intentionally set up.

“We deliberately ended Cult with a bunch of cliffhangers to set up a TV series,” he said. “Because there are so many different threads now, television could best accommodate that, so that was done intentionally. At the same time, we have a whole new world, a bunch of new characters which we can say nothing about.”

Kirschner added that the new show will find Chucky going back to his first love: inhabiting a toy to ensnare an unsuspecting child. “The only thing I think we can say is from the original film that Don wrote, Child’s Play, we are playing with that concept again — the idea of ‘child’s play,’ ” he said, with Mancini confirming that the series’ chief scare factor “involves children.”

Little is known about where the new show will land or when it’ll debut, so stay tuned for updates. Oh, and there’s also a new Child’s Play movie on the way from MGM — but neither Mancini nor original Chucky voice actor Brad Dourif is involved in that one.


 

Call it the space race for the always-connected age: Vice News is launching a real-time docu-series this week that follows NASA’s launch of the Mars InSight mission.

Deadline reports that the new, twice- weekly series, titled The New Space Race, will stream exclusively on Twitter, with science whiz Taylor Wilson (the youngest person ever to reproduce nuclear fusion — from a garage in Arkansas, no less) hosting each episode live on the floor of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratories.

The online-only series will culminatie in “a live broadcast of the Mars landing from inside Mission Control at JPL in Pasadena,” on Nov. 26, according to the report. 

In addition to interviews with insiders at both NASA and private space startups, the show also reportedly will feature up-close looks at behind-the-scenes preparations for space missions in general, such as trying on space suits and test-firing rocket engines. Viewers also can submit their own questions for possible exploration on future episodes. 

Set to air at 2 p.m. each Tuesday and Wednesday, The New Space Race hits Twitter starting Oct. 16.


 

Here's something different — a new horror movie reportedly will take fans into creepy territory not often explored in the West: ghost stories with an Islamic twist. 

Variety reports that Wraith, an in-development project funded via the new, female-focused Zero Gravity startup, will follow a new-in-town married couple who discover they’re haunted by an extra-dimensional “evil presence.” 

Using specially developed cameras aimed at heightening viewers’ immersion, the movie will be shot on location in “a yet-to-be announced Islamic nation in documented haunted houses to capture Muslim exorcisms,” the report states.

Directed by Armaan Zorace (God Is Dead), Wraith hasn’t yet been given a release date, so stay tuned.


 

Finally, Starz has just revealed when we’ll be getting the Season 2 counterpart to, well, Counterpart, which bowled over critics in its parallel universe-straddling first season. 

Season 2 of Counterpart will kick off its 10-episode run at 9 p.m. ET on Dec. 9, introducing new series regulars Betty Gabriel (Get Out, Westworld) and James Cromwell (American Horror Story: Asylum, Six Feet Under) in recurring roles alongside J.K. Simmons, who plays Howard as a man living separate lives in two dimesnions.

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