Bad news for fans of the Chucky franchise, the long-mooted TV series continuation has been dealt a setback. Production on the series from Child's Play creator Don Mancini was due to start later this year in Toronto, but the ongoing pandemic has forced the producers to delay until next year. Don Mancini did offer an update to fans of the long-running horror franchise, and it sounds as if it will be worth the wait.
“With this TV show, our mission has been to preserve the straightforward scariness of the original film or the first couple of films. But at the same time, continue on with this ever-expanding tapestry of consistent story that we’ve spun over the course of seven movies and 30-some years. I think fans are really gonna love to see the new characters that we introduce into this realm and just to see how they came off of our classic characters. Not just Chucky, but some of the others that you may be hoping to see. There’s a good chance they may turn up.”
Since its launch back in 1988, the Child's Play franchise has gone through several different iterations. The first three were squarely horrors, Bride of Chucky introduced a more comedic tone and Seed of Chucky, well I'm still not sure what that was, but the latter two films have rightfully returned Chucky to his horror roots. I don't want to pick on the recent remake too much; Mark Hamill is a gifted voice artist, his Joker is without equal. That said, the remake was void of much in the way of horror and lacking any real humour.
The Chucky series will continue the mythology of the previous seven movies with Brad Dourif back to voice the titular pint-sized terror. For a taste of what to expect, here's the official synopsis for the ten-part series;
“After a vintage Chucky doll turns up at a suburban yard sale, an idyllic American town is thrown into chaos as a series of horrifying murders begin to expose the town’s hypocrisies and secrets. Meanwhile, the arrival of enemies and allies from Chucky’s past threatens to expose the truth behind the killings, as well as the demon doll’s untold origins as a seemingly ordinary child who somehow became this notorious monster.”