SYFY has placed a straight to series order for Child’s Play: The TV Series aka Chucky. And today showrunner/creator Don Mancini says the series will utilize “pretty much 100 percent puppetry,”
Mancini tells SyFyWire: “I think it’s so important to keep Chucky as a practical puppet effect, partly because it’s important for the actors to have something to respond to on set … I also think it’s important that Chucky have the feel of a doll, of a puppet. He should be a little bit herky-jerky.”
In the new television series, 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.
Produced by UCP, the series will be executive produced by creator Don Mancini (Hannibal, Channel Zero), David Kirschner (Hocus Pocus, Frailty), and Nick Antosca (The Act, Channel Zero) via his banner Eat the Cat, through his overall deal with the studio. Emmy-nominated Harley Peyton (Twin Peaks, Channel Zero) will also serve as executive producer. Mancini, who penned the film franchise, will also write the adaptation, serve as showrunner and direct the first episode.