After first announcing it was in the works a year ago, Syfy’s Child’s Play adaptation, titled Chucky, has officially been ordered straight to series. The news was revealed at NBC Universal’s TCA winter press tour day.
Original franchise creator Don Mancini will serve as writer and showrunner on the series, and direct the first episode. According to a description from Syfy, the show finds “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.”
No details about those enemies and allies have been revealed, but it’s hard to imagine Chucky carrying out too much mayhem without the arrival of his beloved Tiffany, voiced by Jennifer Tilly in the films. That all remains to be seen, though. In the meantime, you can sit back and relax knowing that the Child’s Play series is actually happening. You should also cross your fingers that Brad Dourif returns as the voice of Chucky.
Given the promise of old characters returning to the franchise as part of the series, it’s worth noting that this take on Child’s Play has no connection to the 2019 movie reboot, which saw Mark Hammill lend his voice to the maniacal doll. Instead, this new show hails from Mancini, who is teaming with David Kirschner (Hocus Pocus), Nick Antosca (Channel Zero), and Harley Peyton (Twin Peaks) to executive produce the extension of the original franchise.
No premiere date has been announced for Chucky.