After seven movies and endless permutations of violence, silliness, and grade-A horror campiness, the unkillable Chucky is rearing his knife-scarred, diminutive head once again — this time for a turn on the small screen.
Child’s Play franchise creator Don Mancini has just revealed on Twitter that the trash-talking killer doll he introduced to the world in the 1980s with the original Child’s Play is set for a television run, teasing the new project in a mysterious tweet for Child’s Play: The TV Series.
Mancini didn’t provide details like where the new show will air or when we can expect to see it, but he seems to be making good on his remarks earlier this year about reviving Chucky for television. He and producer David Kirschner, Mancini told Bloody Disgusting at the time, have been planning an eight-part, hourlong TV series intended to become an official part of the Chucky franchise canon.
That same report revealed that Brad Dourif, the original voice of Chucky, will be returning once again to lend the character his trademark snark — a mash-up of campy puns, spoiled-brat one-liners, and psychotically murderous menace.
So far, there’ve been seven installments in the Child's Play movie franchise, and they’ve ranged from straight horror in the early days to darkly comedic self-parody as the series entrenched itself deeper in the slasher-film zeitgeist. The most recent, 2017’s Cult of Chucky, was a small-budget, direct-to-video release that nevertheless drew plenty of praise from both fans and critics, and continues to enjoy an 82 percent fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes.
For now, the only other clue about which direction the TV series will take the franchise may lie in Mancini’s earlier promise that whatever he and Kirschner are working on is “going dark, darker than ever before,” as he told Bloody Disgusting. So for now, all we can do is doll-proof our houses while we wait for future updates.