Now, we finally know who is going to be voicing the infamously maniacal doll in the new series. Chucky is set to air on the SyFy and USA channels in 2021.
We first heard that a Chucky television series was in the works back in 2018. Creator Don Mancini originally revealed that he was developing an eight-part season with hour-long episodes. The series would be a direct continuation of 2017’s Cult of Chucky. As well, Mancini said that the TV series would be “deliberately set up at the end of the last movie” with the tone of the series set to be “dark and disturbing.”
Chucky fans finally got their first look at the new series on July 16. Mancini debuted the first teaser for the show on social media. The 40-second long video shows the murderous doll ominously standing in a dimly-lit toy store.
Now, we finally know who is voicing the legendary toy in the new series. It has been confirmed that actor Brad Dourif is making his return as the voice of Chucky. Dourif voiced Chucky in the original Child’s Play and its six sequels. However, he was briefly replaced for last year’s Lars Klevberg-directed remake by Mark Hamill.
Mancini teased last week that the new series could mark the return of some familiar actors and characters. He also revealed that Chucky will include some new characters in the franchise.
“I think fans are really gonna love to see the new characters that we introduce into this realm and just to see how they came off of our classic characters,” he says. “Not just Chucky, but some of the others that you may be hoping to see. There’s a good chance they may turn up.”
“With this TV show, our mission has been to preserve the straightforward scariness of the original film or the first couple of films,” he says. “But at the same time, continue on with this ever-expanding tapestry of a consistent story that we’ve spun over the course of seven movies and 30-some years.”
Mancini also confirmed that the series will show Chucky in modern-day scenarios. Social media will play a big part in the plot of the new series.
“It’s so important to give Chucky new weapons, new strategies, and new targets, new goals,” he continues. “Chucky has a different goal in the TV show than he’s ever had before, and it’s specifically something that is designed to evoke something that’s going on in the zeitgeist today.”
Mainichi is taking part in a virtual Comic-Con panel on July 23 at 6 P.M. PST called Shudder Presents: Horror Is Queer. He is also taking part in the Shudder Presents: Scary Good TV panel and will be joined by Antosca. Together, they will likely discuss even more details regarding the forthcoming show. Head here for more information on how and where to watch.
Chucky is set to air on both USA and SyFy in 2021. No specific date for the series’ release has been shared at this time. However, SyFy has shared the official synopsis for the television show.
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.
The official teaser for the show is available to watch below.
— Don Mancini (@RealDonMancini) July 16, 2020
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