Syfy has officially given a straight-to-series order for Chucky, a show based on the central killer doll of the Child’s Play film franchise. The company made the announcement during the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Saturday.
This news come nearly a year after Syfy announced it had acquired the television rights to the popular franchise. The forthcoming series is being developed by Don Mancini, who wrote and originated the film franchise on which the series is based. Mancini will also serve as showrunner and executive producer in addition to directing the first episode. Mancini’s longtime Child’s Play producer David Kirschner is set to produce the show alongside Nick Antosca. Antosca previously created and show ran the horror anthology series Channel Zero for Syfy.
“The character Don and David created has terrified audiences for over 30 years,” said Chris McCumber, president of Entertainment Networks USA & Syfy for NBCUniversal. “The longevity and legacy of Chucky speaks to the creative storytelling and the loyal fans the film series has collected over the years. We are excited to once again partner with Nick and UCP on this new Syfy series, and are incredibly proud to bring Chucky to television for the first time with the original creators.”
In the series, titled Chucky, after a vintage Chucky doll turns up at a suburban yard sale, an idyllic American town is thrown into chaos as a series of horrifying murders begin to expose the town’s hypocrisies and secrets. Meanwhile, the arrival of enemies and allies from Chucky’s past threatens to expose the truth behind the killings, as well as the demon doll’s untold origins as a seemingly ordinary child who somehow became this notorious monster.
Chucky debuted in 1988 in the film Child’s Play, directed and co-written by Tom Holland, produced by Kirschner and based on a story by Mancini. The franchise spawned six sequels, all of which Mancini wrote and Kirschner produced. Mancini also directed three of the films. A remake of Child’s Play from a completely new creative team was released in 2019.
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