Earlier this year, it was confirmed Child’s Play creator Don Mancini is developing a TV series for Syfy, and now, its been reported the production start date has been pushed back until next year.
According to Deadline, the series was originally planned to begin shooting at the end of this year in Toronto but due to the ongoing global health crisis, the SYFY and USA Network show has delayed its production until 2021. The series was already scheduled to debut next year, and the producers are reportedly hoping the show will still be delivered in time despite the delay in production.
Don Mancini is set to write and take on the role of showrunner on the series – titled Chucky – as well as directing the first episode. Franchise producer David Kirschner will also executive produce with Nick Antosca (Channel Zero) and Harley Peyton (Twin Peaks). Brad Dourif is confirmed to once again return to voice the titular doll Chucky, after featuring in every single Child’s Play film instalment in the original timeline.
Mancini has described Chucky as “a fresh take on the franchise” that will “explore Chucky’s character with a depth that is uniquely afforded by the television series format.”
In the new Chucky 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.