‘Chucky’ TV Series Won’t Start Production Until Next Year

Apparently, not even a demonic doll is immune to the horrors of COVID-19.

It looks like the proposed Chucky TV series–slated to air on both Syfy and USA Network sometime next year–has become yet another victim of the virus crisis.

Deadline this week reported that the show has bumped back its production schedule start date–originally set for this fall in Toronto–until the (relative) safety of 2021.

The show, as reported here in Horror News Network, will follow a vintage Chucky doll–once again voiced by Brad Dourif–along the streets of small-town America where “a series of horrifying murders” throws the town into a panic and unveils the community’s “hypocrisies and secrets.”

In addition, characters from Chucky’s past reportedly will help him form a gang that “threatens to expose the truth behind the killings, as well as the demon doll’s untold origins as a seemingly innocent child who somehow became the notorious monster.”

Casting for the series has begun, with Dourif and Jennifer Tilly (reprising her Tiffany role) on board, and Fiona Dourif (Nica Pierce) and Alex Vincent (Andy Barclay) said to be interested in returning.

Don Mancini, creator and writer of the original Child’s Play, said the series–a spinoff of the eight feature films starring the murderous doll–will return Chucky and company to the feel of the classic 1988 film. Mancini, Nick Antosca, David Kirschner and Harley Peyton will act as executive producers of the series.

Child’s Play–written by Mancini and directed by Tom Holland–birthed six sequels, a 2019 reboot, comic books, a video game and merchandise galore. And, along the way, the franchise in total grossed more than $182 million worldwide at the box office.

Keep reading Horror News Network for more updates on the Chucky TV series on Syfy and USA.

Click here for more on the Child’s Play franchise.

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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