Don Mancini and David Kirschner will bring their murderous doll to television for a series set within the original film timeline.
After a series of lower budgeted films that were direct-to-video releases, Don Mancini and David Kirscher, the creators of the original Child’s Play and character of Chucky, are bringing the killer Buddy doll to Syfy for a series. The series was officially announced on the TCA winter press tour during NBCUniversal’s presentation.
Mancini told Deadline, “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.”
The series is set in the original franchise which will exclude the recent 2019 remake which saw Mark Hamill voice the psychotic doll. When a Buddy doll mysteriously turns up at a garage sale, a quiet American suburb is thrown into chaos as Chucky runs rampant. Fans can expect to see Chucky’s enemies, and allies, throughout the series. Whether or not this refers to characters like Andy Barclay or Tiffany is yet to be announced.
There’s no word yet on whether or not Brad Douriff will return to voice Chucky.
Chucky does not yet have a release window. ■
MGM holds preliminary talks to sell properties
The studio will be the next one looking to get rid of their assets.
The studio has sought potentially interested companies in purchasing their assets which contain one of the biggest franchises in film history.
The film studio MGM (Metro Goldwyn Mayer) has sat down with interested buyers for their film assets which includes the James Bond catalog.
The two biggest interested parties are Apple and Netflix. The outcome of either one would lead to an interesting future for franchises like Bond where any subsequent instalments in the franchise could lead to streaming-only content.
Apple’s new streaming service launched with very little hype, at least in comparison to its recent competitor in Disney+, but adding something like James Bond to it could draw some subscribers, especially if any future movies, or series, are kept exclusively to Apple TV+.
Should either of these companies move ahead with the acquisition, it will also lend to a shift to the ‘big six’ of media companies, which include; Disney, Netflix, Amazon, Comcast, AT&T and Apple.
Aside from Bond, one of the other large properties coming with an MGM acquisition includes The Handmaid’s Tale which has been a popular show on Hulu for the past couple of years.
No finalized buys have been singled out. ■
‘Captain Marvel 2’ officially in development
Carol Danvers’ sequel has officially been greenlit at Marvel Studios and is aiming for a 2022 release.
Debuting twice in a small window of March – May 2019, Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) thundered into the MCU and became an icon for young women everywhere. Now, in a world post-Avengers: Endgame, Marvel Studios is moving ahead with a sequel for 2022.
Directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, however, are not expected to return. Marvel is still looking to keep the female eye for the director’s chair but no frontrunners have been announced. Boden and Fleck will remain with Marvel Studios in some capacity, and are rumoured to be discussing an upcoming Disney+ property.
The film is expected to take place after the events of Avengers: Endgame despite the mild cliffhanger teased in the first film which hinted at a long-running war between Carol and Ronan The Accuser.
The sequel will be written by WandaVision scribe Magen McDonnell.
Captain Marvel 2 will come to theatres in 2022. ■
‘Clone Wars’ trailer drops ahead of final season
The anticipation builds for a finale.
Get ready to fly back to a time in that galaxy far, far away you haven’t visited in six years.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars is returning for one more highly-anticipated seventh season and a trailer released on Wednesday has this galaxy buzzing with excitement.
It will of course release on Disney+, the streaming home of all Star Wars. Though in the past six months alone we got our first Star Wars live action TV series with The Mandalorian, the final film of the 40-year Skywalker Saga and a new video game with Fallen Order, fans are hungry for more.
There will be 12 episodes to bring an end to the iconic series with weekly releases starting on Feb. 21, a Friday.
Showrunner Dave Filoni returns to direct the new Clone Wars episodes, continuing the storylines introduced in the original series and exploring the events leading up to Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.
Featured heavily in the trailer are fan favourite characters from the series and Star Wars universe as a whole. Anakin Skywalker, Ashoka Tano, Captain Rex, Darth Maul, Yoda and others are back for what appears to be a wild ride to the end.
The series ran for six seasons between 2008 and 2014 but it was cancelled when Disney purchased Star Wars from George Lucas, ending the much-beloved show without giving Filoni and his team a chance to properly bring it to a conclusion.
But now the director who was behind Star Wars: Rebels and played a big part in The Mandalorian is back to give The Clone Wars what it has always needed: a proper finish. ■
Reporting by Eli Ridder;
Editing by Nicholas Seles.
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