SYFY has placed a series order for Chucky aka Child’s Play: The TV Series which showrunner/creator Don Mancini says will utilize “pretty much 100% puppetry.”
And today, Mancini says the show’s mission is to preserve the straightforward scariness of the original film.
He tells SyFyWire: “One of the things that we’ve always tried to do over the course of the decades and the different movies, is we just try to switch it up a lot. From film to film, I’ve always tried to create a different tone, plug Chucky into a different subgenre. We’ve gone from straightforward slasher to comedy to crazy satirical comedy and back to straightforward horror again. With this TV show, our mission has been to preserve the straightforward scariness of the original film...”
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.