A Child’s Play TV series is Being Created
The horror world is not done with Charles Lee Ray a.k.a Chucky. Chucky, after an exhaustive run on the big screen and straight-to-video circuit, is making the move to the small screen. This may be the wisest narrative move that the Child’s Play franchise has made in years. Every conceivable film iteration of Chucky has been explored, with some lackluster storylines as the result (e.g. Seed of Chucky, Curse of Chucky, Cult of Chucky).
The idea of creating a Child’s Play TV series came along at precisely the right time. Online streaming services are hungry for exclusive, high-end TV series. TV series with name recognition. Child’s Play fits two-if-not-three of those criteria. And Child’s Play has a specific niche i.e. horror.
A Child’s Play TV series would not fit with the demographics of ABC, NBC, or CBS. The Child’s Play name seems too big for FX and AMC. I doubt HBO and Showtime would want a Child’s Play TV series. That leaves Starz, think the Evil Dead TV show that they currently have on the air, Syfy, Hulu, Amazon, and Netflix.
The latter channel and streaming services can handle the tone, and presumably the on-screen violence, that will be on display in this TV series adaptation. They will also benefit from the added name recognition that would come with the Child’s Play TV series. Child’s Play film series writer Don Mancini had this to say:
We plan to use Child’s Play in the title. We want to definitely signal that we are going dark, darker than ever before. It’s going to be very creepy.
The Child’s Play TV series takes place after the events of the last Child’s Play film, Cult of Chucky. Brad Dourif, the actor that played Charles Lee Ray in the first film and voiced Chucky in all of the films, will reportedly voice Chucky again in the TV series.
Each episode of the Child’s Play TV series will reportedly be an hour long and first season will contain eight episodes (unless its a mini-series).
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