Syfy ordered a new TV series centered around the horror slasher Chucky franchise.
The Chucky series was announced Saturday during NBCUniversal’s presentation at the TCA Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, CA., according to Deadline.
Deadline also announced that Universal Content Productions would produce the series by creator/writer Don Mancini and producer David Kirschner. Mancini will write the adaptation, serve as showrunner, and even direct the first episode.
Also involved with the project is TV writer-producer Nick Antosca who is the creator of Syfy’s anthology series Channel Zero. As well as his new production banner named Eat the Cat. Harley Peyton of Twin Peaks and Channel Zero fame will be executive producer.
The Chucky franchise has created seven movie sequels and one reboot in 2019, starting with the release of the very first film Child’s Play in 1988. The franchise has since grossed over $250 million and has become one of the most popular horror franchises of all time.
If you are unfamiliar with Chucky, he is a freckled, red-headed Good Guys doll. Similar to the Cabbage Patch doll rage of the 1980s, everyone had to have one. Andy was no different, but his mother, who was a single parent, managed to get her hands on one from a scalper. However, this doll was possessed by the spirit of a serial killer Charles “Chucky” Lee Ray.
Using an ancient voodoo ritual, Ray transferred his soul into the doll to escape a police detective hot on his trail. Except that he had to transfer his soul into a real body, or he would remain a doll for the rest of his life. That’s where the story begins.
According to Deadline, the new Syfy television series begins with a now antique Good Guys doll put up for sale at a yard sale in a suburban town. Suddenly, the town begins to experience a rash of shocking murders that uncover the town’s piousness and hidden mysteries.
The series will be introducing enemies and allies from Chucky’s past that can expose who is behind the killings. In the movie, Chucky used voodoo magic to transfer his soul into a doll. But the series will look at the doll as a demon doll with its origins as a normal child.
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