Don Mancini Drew Inspiration For ‘Chucky’ From ‘Hannibal’

by Thomas Tuna

From Child’s Play to Chucky turned out to be child’s play for Don Mancini–given his experience on another “killer” TV series.

Mancini–the driving force behind the Child’s Play film franchise and creator of the current Chucky series on Syfy and USA–said in a recent interview that writing for NBC’s fan-favorite Hannibal showed him it was possible to reimagine a hit movie as a popular TV show, as reported by

Mancini said he got the idea to remake his classic big-screen killer doll story into a TV series while writing for Hannibal, the show inspired by the Thomas Harris novels and the Oscar-winning The Silence of the Lambs.

As Mancini explained it, Hannibal was an “established movie and literary franchise that now had made its way into television. When I worked on that show, one of the things that was so exciting was that it felt like fan fiction done by experts. What would it have been like to be a patient of Hannibal Lecter?”

The more Mancini thought about it, he said, “I realized if I did that with my own franchise, we could do something really amazing. That was the initial inspiration for bringing Chucky to TV–when I worked on Hannibal.”

Chucky–which serves as a sequel to 2017’s Cult of Chucky–recently wrapped up its first season (available for viewing on Peacock) and has already been renewed for Season 2.

The series–from executive producers Mancini and Nick Antosca–sees the return of Brad Dourif (as Chucky’s eerie voice), Fiona Dourif, Alex Vincent, Christine Elise McCarthy and Jennifer Tilly from the film franchise. Cast newcomers include Zackary Arthur, Teo Briones, Alyvia Alyn Lind, Bjorgvin Arnarson, Lex Doig and Devon Sawa.

Keep reading Horror News Network for updates on Season 2 of Chucky on Syfy and USA.


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