SYFY has released a brand new Chucky teaser for their long-awaited horror series from Child’s Play creator Don Mancini, confirming its official fall release date. Featuring the return of franchise alums Brad Dourif and Jennifer Tilly, the long-in-development series is scheduled to make its debut on October 12, exclusively on SYFY and the USA Network.
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The video, which you can check out below in the player below, provides us with our first footage of the iconic evil doll’s return as well as a brief preview of Zackary Arthur’s lead character who will now get terrorized by Chucky. In a recent interview with EW, Mancini has also revealed new details about the series’ young cast including Arthur’s character, and the reason why they decided to shift the franchise back to its roots.
“The main character is a 14-year-old gay boy who’s bullied and sort of lost after the recent death of his mother,” Mancini said. “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.”
He continued, “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.”
The Chucky series will be set in an idyllic American town thrown into chaos as a series of horrifying murders sweep through and threaten to expose the town’s hypocrisies and secrets, all of which come on the heels of a vintage Chucky doll turning up at a suburban yard sale. At the same time, the titular doll must deal with the arrival of enemies and allies from his past who threaten to expose the truth behind the killings and the untold origins as a seemingly ordinary child turned demonic killer.
Franchise vets Brad Dourif, Jennifer Tilly, and Fiona Dourif are set to reprise their roles as the voice of the titular killer doll, Tiffany and Nica Pierce respectively. Joining them are Devon Sawa, Lexa Doig, and Barbara Alyn Woods along with Zackary Arthur, Teo Briones, Bjorgvin Arnarson, and Alyvia Alyn Lind, who are set to portray the young leads.
Chucky is created and executive produced by franchise creator Don Mancini, who is also serving as the showrunner and director for the pilot episode. Executive producers are franchise producer and doll creator David Kirschner and Nick Antosca via his Eat the Cat production label. The series marks Mancini’s second collaboration with SYFY after working as a producer on the horror anthology series Channel Zero and penning three episodes.