This year, the Tom Holland-directed Child’s Play celebrates its 30th anniversary. In the film penned by Don Mancini, a single mother gives her son a much sought-after doll for his birthday, only to discover that it is possessed by the soul of a serial killer. “Chucky” (voiced by Brad Dourif) would soon become a household name alongside other slasher greats that include Michael, Jason, Freddy, Pinhead, and Leatherface.
Mancini, who created the evil doll, would eventually go on to direct Seed of Chucky, Curse of Chucky, and last year’s Cult of Chucky, in which the title character slashed his way through an insane asylum. While the seventh film in the franchise ends on the perfect note, it does set up several ways for the series to continue.
Yesterday, we posted an article in which Mancini joked about a WWII-set Child’s Play film. While entirely joking (Mancini has bundles of fun and absurd concepts), he is, in fact, developing a continuation of the series.
Mancini tells Bloody Disgusting exclusively that he and franchise producer David Kirschner are currently developing a “Child’s Play” television series!
Mancini tells us that the series was “deliberately set up at end of the last movie,” while further adding that the “tone is dark and disturbing.”
“We plan to use Child’s Play in the title,” Mancini explained. “We want to definitely signal that we are going dark, darker than ever before. It’s going to be very creepy.”
Using the original “Child’s Play” title is exciting because it signals that the series will once again involve kids. Oh, and Mancini confirmed that Dourif will once again return to voice Chucky!
We connected with Kirschner soon after, who stated that it won’t be a reboot and will be a continuation story, while also reflecting back on his 30-year relationship with Mancini.
“I don’t think there’s a relationship that lasted this long,” he stated. “I’m incredibly excited about the series and to explore a world in which we’ve never done before.
“Don has taken the franchise in a wonderfully frightening direction,” Kirschner added. “He seems to outdo himself every time.”
In television, Mancini has been a writer-producer on Bryan Fuller’s “Hannibal”, on the SyFy anthology horror series “Channel Zero”, created by Nick Antosca (who also previously worked on “Hannibal”). Last August, Antosca told us he has other projects in the works, including one with Mancini. Could this “Child’s Play” TV series be that project? The mind boggles at the possibilities.
It’s important to note that this doesn’t mean an end to the film franchise. For right now, the focus is on an 8-part, hourlong series that will keep Chucky canon. Will we see Tiffany? Glen/da? All of that is being kept under wraps for now, but one thing is for certain, Chucky is going to be our friend ’til the end…