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By Kelvin Owens

Ill be your friend til the end and it seems so will Chucky! While MGM has been developing a Child’s Play reboot film, franchise creator Don Mancini has been developing his own TV series called Chucky. He’s been working on this show for awhile and now Variety is reporting that it has been picked up by the Syfy Channel, which seems like the perfect home for it. 

Mancini, who also wrote all six sequels to Child's Play and directed the last three, said Tuesday it will be a "fresh take" that will "explore Chucky's character" but will still remain "true to the original vision." Channel Zero's Nick Antosca will also produce. Mancini previously teased that the series would be "darker than ever before. It’s going to be very creepy." The series will also bring the franchise back to its original roots. It was explained that the the series will continue what the film franchise has set up: 
“We deliberately ended Cult [of Chucky] with a bunch of cliffhangers to set up a TV series. Because there are so many different threads now, television could best accommodate that so that was done intentionally. At the same time, we have a whole new world, a bunch of new characters which we can say nothing about.”

This project has nothing to do with the completely separate reboot of Child's Play that's being released by Orion Pictures this June and stars Aubrey Plaza. Mancini has not only not given that movie his blessing but has actively trash talked it, saying last year that his "feelings were hurt" by the studio's decision to make it without his approval. It's certainly an unusual situation in that reboots typically come after years of a franchise's inactivity, but Mancini was still in the middle of an ongoing Chucky series when the reboot was announced. He released Cult of Chucky, which follows in the canon of the previous six films, in 2017.

Mancini went on to say in a statement: “I’ve long wanted to bring Chucky to television and Syfy is the perfect network for us. The show will be a fresh take on the franchise, allowing us to explore Chucky’s character with a depth that is uniquely afforded by the television series format, while staying true to the original vision that has terrorized audiences for over three decades now.”

Chucky debuted in 1988 in the film Child’s Play, and there have been six sequels made over the years. Looking forward to more Chucky? Or should he be put  down? Let us know in the comments.