From Child’s Play creator Don Mancini, the upcoming Chucky television series begins filming and reveals the premiere episode’s title.
The upcoming Chucky television series, from Child’s Play creator Don Mancini, begins filming, and a short video reveals the title of episode one. In 2018, it was announced that the murderous Chucky doll would be getting a television series. The story begins when a vintage Chucky doll shows up at a suburban yard sale, quickly creating chaos in a seemingly peaceful small town. As a string of murders uncovers hidden hypocrisies and secrets, the arrival of friends and foes from Chucky’s past further complicates the situation. The show, which is set to air on Syfy, will also explore the title character’s origins.
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Brad Dourif is returning to provide the voice of Chucky. Jennifer Tilly, who voiced Tiffany Valentine in several Child’s Play installments, will also reprise her role. In recent weeks, other big news has been revealed. Final Destination star Devon Sawa will appear on the Syfy show in a recurring capacity and four other series regulars. Fiona Dourif, who portrayed Nica Pierce in the movie franchise, will be appearing as well. Now, as the cast of Chucky has taken shape, filming is officially underway.
Don Mancini, who created the franchise, announced the start of filming on social media. Mancini will write and direct Chucky, including its first episode. He’ll also serve as a producer, alongside David Kirschner and Nick Antosca. The announcement also revealed the first episode is titled “Death by Misadventure.” Check out Mancini’s teaser and a tweet from Sawa below:
The start of filming is excellent news for fans curious to see how Child’s Play will unfold in a different format. Although SyFy announced the series over two years ago, it’s experienced setbacks. In September 2020, it was reported that Chucky filming had been delayed by COVID-19. As a result of production shutdowns connected to the pandemic, filming had been moved out of the fall. Still, given the horror series was always meant to premiere in 2021, the hope is that there is enough time to film without changing the release date.
Plus, the addition of writer/producer Nick Antosca is another promising sign for the show’s horror roots. Antosca created the highly acclaimed SyFy series Channel Zero and was on the Hannibal writing staff. Bringing on a seasoned horror writer like Antosca indicates Mancini is holding to his promise that the series will drop the sillier nearly-parody tone of some of the later sequels to “preserve the straightforward scariness of the original film or the first couple of films.”
If the show proves to be a success, it’s easy to imagine other notable horror franchises might consider making the jump to the small screen. While there is an argument to be made that the campiness of Child’s Play antagonist is best-suited for quick and relatively light sequels, Mancini’s close involvement is an indication that the show will possess many of the qualities that have helped the franchise endure for decades. Clearly, Chucky has some incredible talent behind the camera and in front, positioning the series to bring something new to the horror TV landscape.
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