For years now, the rights to the Child’s Play horror franchise and its diminutive villain Chucky have been in flux. Now, two years after the absolutely abysmal 2019 film reboot, creator Don Mancini has landed a Chucky TV series at SYFY — and today fans can watch the first teaser trailer.
“The main character is a 14-year-old gay boy [Zackary Arthur, known for his work on Transparent] who’s bullied and sort of lost after the recent death of his mother,” Mancini told Entertainment Weekly, who got the exclusive scoop on teaser. “He’s a young artist [making] sculptures with doll parts. He finds Chucky at a yard sale and buys him, but it turns out that he gets much more than he bargained for…One of the things I wanted to do was bring [the franchise] back to its Child’s Play roots and have the protagonists [be] kids. But since, with the first couple of movies, we’d already delved into having little kids I wanted to explore something different, so this time we’re exploring young teenagers.”
Also starring in the series will be Jennifer Tilly, known for playing Tiffany in Bride of Chucky, and Brad Dourif, the original voice star of the terrifying living doll.
“One of the things that we pride ourselves on, and I think makes our franchise singular, is that we have spun a relatively consistent and coherent narrative over the course of 33 years and seven films and now eight episodes of television,” continues Mancini. “I think that’s one of the things that our fans like about the Chucky franchise. I deliberately ended Cult of Chucky on a series of cliffhangers, major cliffhangers, because I knew a TV series would be the ideal place to accommodate delving into the ramifications. So we begin the series introducing our new story, our new milieu, and then we start to bring the veteran characters into the story, and it all comes together for a big showdown.”
Check out the teaser trailer below:
Chucky premieres October 12th on SYFY.
Words by Chris Krovatin