At [email protected], SYFY and USA Network today revealed the official trailer for Chucky and SYFY also presented a first look at the new Day of the Dead series. You can watch both trailers below!
Chucky is the red-haired, freckled-faced doll possessed by the soul of serial killer Charles Lee Ray.
The Chucky series, premiering on October 12, is executive produced by creator Don Mancini (Hannibal, Channel Zero), David Kirschner (Hocus Pocus, Frailty), and Nick Antosca (The Act, Channel Zero) via his banner Eat the Cat, through his overall deal with the studio.
Emmy-nominated Harley Peyton (Twin Peaks, Channel Zero) will also serve as executive producer. Mancini, who penned the film franchise, will also write the adaptation, serve as showrunner and direct the first episode.
In the new Chucky series, 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 character Don and David created has terrified audiences for over 30 years. The longevity and legacy of Chucky speaks to the creative storytelling and the loyal fans the film series has collected over the years,” said SYFY and USA Network when the series was announced.
“We are excited to once again partner with Nick and UCP on this new SYFY series, and are incredibly proud to bring Chucky to television for the first time with the original creators.”
“It’s very rare that you get the opportunity to bring such an iconic character to your network, let alone with the original creator attached,” added NBCU Cable Entertainment.
“We look forward to working with Don, David and Nick on putting their blood, sweat, and more blood into bringing the CHUCKY story to television.”
“I’ve long wanted to bring Chucky to television and SYFY is the perfect network for us,” said Don Mancini. “The show will be a fresh take on the franchise, allowing us to explore Chucky’s character with a depth that is uniquely afforded by the television series format, while staying true to the original vision that has terrorized audiences for over three decades now.”
“I worked with Don on ‘Hannibal’ and on Channel Zero for SYFY, so developing Chucky with UCP really feels like coming home,” said Nick Antosca. “SYFY is the perfect place to tell the next chapter in the Chucky saga and having the original creative team lead the project will help elevate the story we are excited to tell.”
In 1988, Chucky slashed his way into the pop culture zeitgeist with the premiere of Child’s Play, directed and co-written by Tom Holland, produced by Kirschner, and based on a story by Mancini. The international sensation spawned six sequels, all of which Mancini wrote and Kirschner produced.
Day of the Dead, a 10-episode series based on George A. Romero’s classic film and produced by Cartel Entertainment, will premiere in October as well.
Day of the Dead is the intense story of six strangers trying to survive the first 24 hours of an undead invasion. This ode to George A. Romero’s famous flesh-eaters reminds us that sometimes all it takes to bring people together is a horde of hungry zombies trying to rip them apart.
Jed Elinoff and Scott Thomas serve as showrunners.
Matt Drake executive produces for Abbot Street Films and Stan Spry, Jeff Holland, Drew Brown executive produce on behalf of Cartel Entertainment, along with Robert Dudelson, James Dudelson, Jordan Kizwani from HiTide Studios.