While many studio productions beginning to find ways to work through the ongoing pandemic, Deadline reports that production on USA Network and Syfy’s Child’s Play series, "Chucky", has unfortunately been halted until 2021.
The site notes that the series was originally planned to shoot this fall in Toronto but, due to COVID delays, this will now happen in the new year.
However, the canonized series was always intended to air in 2021, so "producers hope that it will still be delivered in time." Hopefully that means the pandemic production shutdown might not really cause too much of delay in Chucky's triumphant return and first time appearance on the small screen.
"Chucky" hails from original franchise creator Don Mancini and Nick Antosca ("Channel Zero"), with Brad Dourif set to return as the voice of the iconic killer doll.
In the 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 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," Mancini previously explained.
"With this TV show, our mission has been to preserve the straightforward scariness of the original film or the first couple of films, but at the same time, continue on with this ever-expanding tapestry of consistent story that we’ve spun over the course of seven movies and 30-some years," he told Syfy Wire back in May. "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. Not just Chucky, but some of the others that you may be hoping to see. There’s a good chance they may turn up."
Produced by Universal Content Productions, the series will also be executive produced by David Kirschner (Hocus Pocus, Frailty), and Antosca via his banner Eat the Cat.
Emmy-nominated Harley Peyton ("Twin Peaks", "Channel Zero") will also serve as executive producer.