Syfy has a flashy new reboot of its own.
The NBCUniversal-owned cable network has handed out a straight-to-series order for a new take on the horror franchise Chucky. An episode count and premiere date have yet to be determined. The news was announced Saturday at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour, where Syfy was attending alongside corporate siblings from NBCU.
In other news from Syfy, the cabler also announced it is developing The League of Pan, a limited series extending the adventures of Peter Pan but focused on the group of misfit children who refused to grow up.
First put into development a year ago, the new Chucky take hails from original franchise creator Don Mancini, who will pen the script, executive produce, serve as showrunner and direct the pilot. The project brings him back to the Syfy fold following his work on the anthology Channel Zero.
The new Chucky will explore the horror that unfolds in a small idyllic American town after a vintage Chucky doll turns up at a suburban yard sale and the chaos that ensues when a series of murders exposes the town’s hypocrisies and secrets. Meanwhile, the arrival of enemies and allies from Chucky’s past threatens to expose the truth behind the slayings as well as the doll’s untold origins.