Chucky is coming to TV. Fans were made aware of that a while ago. Back in June, Child’s Play creator Don Mancini dropped news of the project. Roughly half a year later, fans are learning more, including how the TV show will honor the movies. Mancini said:
This sounds like a good plan, as room to expand stories is the beauty of television. Don Mancini’s comments in his interview on Post Mortem with Mick Garris reflect why that is true. The format of a TV show expanding a franchise is more popular than it has ever been due in part to its ability to bring audiences closer to their favorite characters.
Don Mancini is entirely on the ball about television giving the Child’s Play franchise a more expansive playground to explore. It sounds as though fans will be learning more about their favorite characters, including their backstories. That’s always a fun thing to get.
Don Mancini also dished some behind-the-scenes details, discussing what it will feel like to collaborate on the upcoming series. Mancini opened up about the difference of working on a feature film versus a television series, saying:
Don Mancini is ready to collaborate! Exploring Child’s Play in the television format is going to open a lot of creative doors. It has the potential to dig into some fresh territory. Where it ends up airing will be interesting to follow. Based on what Mancini has shared, the TV series seems like it is still in the early stages.
More info will inevitably be forthcoming as the series gets further underway. Horror on television has been and remains popular. The genre is currently going strong with Ryan Murphy’s anthology, American Horror Story, among others. Bringing in horror fans does not seem to be the Child’s Play TV show’s central objective.
The series should be a particularly special treat for diehard fans of the long-running film franchise. Sadly for Don Mancini and enthusiasts of the original, the remake will not feature his involvement.
If the movie ends up being a hit at the box office, new fans could be gathering around to watch the originals to see how they compare. It should also vitalize interest in the television show. Don Mancini previously worked on the television adaptation of Hannibal.
It seems like Child’s Play is gearing up to do something along the lines of what Bates Motel did for Psycho: taking the overarching premise and then breaking that down into a character-driven horror drama.