Confirmed: Jennifer Tilly Joins CHUCKY TV Series
Syfy has ordered an all-new series based on the red-haired, freckled-faced doll possessed by the soul of serial killer Charles Lee Ray, dubbed Chucky from franchise creator Don Mancini.
Tilly tells Page Six: “Don Mancini, who created Chucky 30 years ago is the writer on this series, so it’s the original Chucky. His partner is Nick Antosca, who did ‘Channel Zero,’ which is just a chilling anthology of horror stories, so a little bird told me that I am going to be a part of it.”
She adds: “I’m so excited. Chucky is very near and dear to my heart. All over the world, everywhere I go, I step off a plane to a country I didn’t even know existed, and they know one word and that word is ‘Chucky,’ and they want a hug. I never meant to be a horror film icon, but here it is. It’s nice to have fans.”
In the series, a vintage Chucky doll turns up at a suburban yard sale, and 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.
Chris McCumber, President, Entertainment Networks – USA & SYFY said: “The character Don and David created has terrified audiences for over 30 years. 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.”
It will be executive produced by creator Don Mancini (Hannibal), David Kirschner (Hocus Pocus), and Nick Antosca (Channel Zero). Harley Peyton (Twin Peaks) will also serve as an executive producer. Mancini serves as showrunner and directs the first episode.