The official Twitter account for the Chucky franchise has announced that the upcoming TV show will slash onto screens on 12 October. A teaser trailer was released alongside the announcement. To celebrate, Child’s Play creator Don Mancini spoke to Entertainment Weekly to reveal some juicy details regarding the show.
The TV show continues from the events of Cult of Chucky (2017) and begins with Chucky (voiced by Brad Dourif) being picked up at a garage sale by a boy (Zackary Arthur), unaware of the torment he is about to unleash upon himself.
Chucky is being produced by Don Mancini, who is also writing the first season and directing at least one episode of the show. Since creating the concept of Chucky in college, Mancini has been working on the franchise for over 30 years, and unlike with many large horror franchises, he has written every movie in the franchise himself.
Don Mancini will be accompanied on the set of Chucky by a strong cast including Björgvin Arnarson, Zackary Arthur, Teo Brione, Lexa Doig, Alyvia Alyn Lind, Devon Sawa and Barbara Alyn Woods. There will also be some fan favourites from the movies such as Alex Vincent, Jennifer Tilly, Christine Elise McCarthy, and of course, Chucky’s recurring voice actor Brad Dourif.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Mancini revealed several elements of the show’s plot, including that the main character is “a 14-year-old gay boy who’s bullied and sort of lost after the recent death of his mother." This marks the first LGBTQ+ lead in any of the Chucky franchise’s instalments.
"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” stated Mancini, “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."
Mancini has stated that, if the series is successful, he would like to make further seasons and has also stated a desire to make further movies.
"We have plans to do that, whether in lieu of additional seasons of the series, or in tandem with [them], potentially. We're creating a broader Chucky universe with the TV series that now could span over different media."
The first full trailer of Chucky is set to be premiered at Comic-Con@Home on the 25th July 2021 as part of the Chucky panel at 2pm PST (10pm BST).