The good news is that the original homicidal doll will never die, according to a new Chucky TV series trailer released during this weekend’s low-key, virtual San Diego Comic-Con. Granted, James Wan’s homicidal doll creation, Annabelle, appeared in history before Chucky, but the Child’s Play films came out before The Conjuring universe, and, more crucially, Chucky appears to have slain Annabelle in a poster promoting the 2019 film. Yes, that feels like a century ago, and the mid-2020 teaser that kept things very unclear about who would voice Chucky feels the same way. Well, this trailer puts that mystery to rest. Mark Hamill may have been the most recent Chucky, but original voice actor Brad Dourif will return for this USA Network/SyFy sequel series.
Jennifer Tilly will also reprise her role as Tiffany Valentine, but the focus of this video is on Zackary Arthur’s Jake, who makes the mistake of adopting Chucky at a garage sale. He quickly realizes that Chucky is running the show even without batteries, and it’s only a matter of time before the doll is holding a knife, which means you already know what that entails. This will be the “World Series of slaughter,” as Chucky calls it. Yes, this show is unlikely to bring anything fresh to the table, but at the very least, it will be consistent and honest. Don Mancini, the writer (and director of three of the films in the Child’s Play franchise), conceived the series and will serve as showrunner. According to the synopsis:
After an antique ‘Good Guy’ doll turns up at a suburban yard sale, a peaceful American community is thrown into pandemonium. Soon, everyone will have to deal with a series of gruesome murders that will reveal the town’s profound hypocrisies and secrets. Meanwhile, Chucky’s old acquaintances and foes resurface in his life, threatening to reveal the truth about his unusual origins as an apparently regular youngster who became this infamous monster.
The first episode of the Chucky TV series will air on October 12th.