child's play remake

A Chucky pilot?

No, no, it was an adaptation of Brian De Palma’s The Fury. It didn’t go. They picked up The Exorcist instead which was a good show but I still wish we could have gotten to do that. Finally, late last year we were able to get the rights to Chucky, all the deals negotiated and everything. Now we’re going.

Will it be called Child’s Play?

Tentatively the working title is Chucky. That could change but that’s the working title.

I think it should be called Chucky at this point because that’s who’s known.

I agree. You know what that is.

The last few movies used Chucky in the title too.

The series is going to be closer to the tone of the first two movies in the series. It’s going to go back to a sort of classic scare.

Is it back to the idea that Chucky goes after kids?

Yes.

How much does it follow the complicated story Don laid out in the movies versus introducing new stories?

It’s consistent with that mythology but it’s a whole new story. So you could come into it without knowing anything about the previous stuff and get into it, but it is consistent with all the mythology that’s come before. So it’s in canon.

But no Fiona Dourif, Jennifer Tilly or Alex Vincent?

Well, they might pop in eventually but it’s new characters. I don’t want to say anything definitive. I’ll leave that to Don but let’s just say there might be opportunities in the story for Jennifer or Fiona to make an appearance. Of course, the plan is for Brad [Dourif] to do the voice.

Obviously you would have preferred to continue Channel Zero, but did it’s cancellation come at the right time as you were gearing up The Act?

I wouldn’t say they affected one another. When Channel Zero was cancelled, we were already almost done shooting The Act. So for the first chunk of writing The Act and preproduction, we were still editing Channel Zero and even production. So I was running two shows at once. Had Channel Zero gotten renewed at this point, I think I might have gone into a coma or something. I’m very sad to see Channel Zero go but I’m incredibly proud and kind of amazed that we got to do four seasons of a weird art horror film on the Syfy Channel.

Are you still shopping it around?

Not at the moment. At the moment, I’m fully focused on season one of this and on Chucky, and developing a couple other things that are in earlier development. In theory, I would love to do more Channel Zero but I’m fully booked right now. And I don’t feel like we left at a place where it’s like oh shit, we didn’t get to do what we wanted to do. I think we told four stories that are very different but thematically connected, and I couldn’t be prouder. So I would love to return to that art horror world or existential horror world, but not actively shopping it to anybody at the moment.

What genres are your other developments?

Thriller, horror and unclassifiable.

All for different networks and outlets?

Yeah, all at UCP where my home base is. My production banner, Eat the Cat, is at UCP so I’m developing a couple different things there and I’m working on some features.

Writing features?

Yeah, so I have a movie called Antlers coming out later this year that Guillermo del Toro’s producing and Scott Cooper’s directing. It’s based on a short story I wrote and I cowrote the script. Then I have some other stuff in earlier development.

Is Antlers a creature feature?

Yeah. I feel like it’s in the spirit of Channel Zero.

Are there features you want to direct too?

I have no interest in directing right now. I’m a writer and show runner is the dream job for me. I love working with directors. I loved working with Laure de Clermont-Tonnere who did three episodes on The Act. Steven Piet was the producing director on The Act and he did two of the episodes as well. I prefer to have ongoing collaborations with directors who I love and respect. When a director can take what I’ve written and honor my intention and also make it better and bring something even more elevated to it, that’s my favorite thing.

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