That knife-happy doll with an attitude is coming to the small screen and, as reported, it’s bringing along “an evil too great to play on just one network.”
Child’s Play creator/writer Don Mancini this week confirmed that the Chucky TV series–a spinoff of the eight films featuring the dangerous doll–will air on both Syfy and USA Network starting sometime next year, according to comicbook.com.
And, to tease the hordes of Chucky fans everywhere, Mancini also unveiled a new trailer that can be viewed below.
The TV series, as reported here in Horror News Network, will attempt to return Chucky and his murderous machinations to the feel of the original 1988 Child’s Play. Mancini remarked that the TV show will offer a “fresh take on the franchise” and will “explore Chucky’s character with a depth that’s uniquely afforded by the television series format.”
The official synopsis says the show will follow a vintage Chucky doll–once again voiced by Brad Dourif–somewhere in small-town America where “a series of horrifying murders” throws the local community into chaos while unveiling many of the town’s ” hypocrisies and secrets.”
And, not that the half-pint horror needs any help, characters from Chucky’s past 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.”
As far as casting goes, it was reported that Jennifer Tilly is on board to reprise her role as Tiffany, with Fiona Dourif (Nica Pierce) and Alex Vincent (Andy Barclay) rumored to be interested in returning to the fold.
Mancini, Nick Antosca (Channel Zero), David Kirschner (Hocus Pocus) and Harley Peyton (Twin Peaks) will serve as executive producers of the show.
The original Child’s Play movie–written by Mancini and directed by Tom Holland–gave birth to six sequels, one 2019 reboot, comic books, a video game and a slew of merchandise, in addition to the forthcoming TV series. And the franchise has done exceedingly well financially, with the films combining for more than $182 million at box offices worldwide.
Keep reading Horror News Network for updates on Chucky on Syfy and USA, including the exact premiere date.