Chucky Creator Offers Insight Into Upcoming Syfy Series

Don Mancini is giving the many fans of the Child’s Play film franchise something new and unique to look forward to in the upcoming Syfy TV series adaptation.

Mancini recently discussed the small screen debut of the macabre doll on Syfy Wire and dropped several juicy hints to whet the appetites of horror fans everywhere, according to

Mancini said the TV show (as reported on here in Horror News Network) will offer a “fresh take on the franchise”, adding that the series will “explore Chucky’s character with a depth that is uniquely afforded by the television series format.”

With this TV show, Mancini explained, “our mission has been to preserve the straightforward scariness of the original film or the first couple of films.”  But, at the same time, he said he wanted to “continue with the ever-expanding tapestry of consistent story that we’ve spun over the course of seven movies and 30-some years.”

The man behind the doll–voiced by Brad Dourif–went on to say that fans are “really gonna love to see the new characters that we will introduce into this realm and see how they came off our classic characters.”

Mancini hinted that some surprises may be forthcoming in the area of old and new characters. “Not just Chucky,” he said, “but some of the others you may be hoping to see. There’s a good chance they may turn up.”

Mancini also alluded to some new wrinkles in Chucky’s skill set and weaponry. “I think the prospect of seeing Chucky sharpening his skills and adding to his toolbox–with some of the technical goodies we have at our disposal now–that’s something I think people will find pretty interesting.”

Chucky’s goals will also be given a facelift for TV, Mancini said. “It’s so important to give Chucky new weapons, new strategies, new targets, new goals,” he noted. “Chucky has a  different goal in the TV show than he’s ever had before, and it’s something that is designed to evoke something that’s going on in the zeitgeist (general moral and cultural climate) today.”

It also was revealed that viewers will be treated to “the demon doll’s untold origins as a seemingly ordinary child who somehow became this notorious monster”.

Production on the TV series–that was slated to start over this summer–was interrupted by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, so keep reading Horror News Network for all updates on the Syfy presentation of the Chucky series.


Thomas Tuna
Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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