Chucky will likely be again for extra butchery and wisecracks—a second season of the hit SYFY and USA Network horror sequence starring the killer doll from the Child’s Play films was introduced this week. The finale of season one simply aired, so there received’t be new episodes for awhile, however that didn’t cease us from hopping on the telephone with Chucky creator Don Mancini to be taught extra.
What follows is a flippantly edited and condensed model of our dialog.
Cheryl Eddy, io9: When did you discover out you have been getting a season two, and did that have an effect on the ending of season one in any respect?
Don Mancini: Just a few weeks in the past—proper across the time it was introduced—is after we knew. I had discovered from working with Bryan Fuller on Hannibal and Nick Antosca on Channel Zero that you simply wish to assemble one thing that’s going to be satisfying as its personal entity, within the occasion you don’t get one other season—however on the similar time, may perform as one thing the place you’re planting the seeds for season two. Ideally you wish to do each concurrently. So that was our aim. That’s all. We wished it to work each methods simply in case, as a result of you’ll be able to’t take something without any consideration.
io9: What’s subsequent for Chucky? Will we be seeing Glenda or Glen or another fan-favorite characters? I suppose what I’m asking is, what are you able to reveal about season two?
Mancini: I’m engaged on the script for episode one for the time being. But , there’s a [story] bible, and I simply pitched the season to the studio and the community, and I believe we’re all enthusiastic about the place we’re going. But I can’t say an excessive amount of about it apart from to remain tuned—and quite a lot of the characters that followers love and want to see once more, you simply may see them.
io9: Will the characters that have been new in Chucky (and managed to outlive the season) be part of season two?
Mancini: That’s additionally a matter of about which I’ve been instructed to say… keep tuned for! I imply, it’s tv. We wish to have enjoyable with it. We need folks to anticipate and surprise and voice what they need. That’s a part of the enjoyable of the storytelling course of with the viewers, and that’s one of many issues I like about TV versus films the place it’s sort of occurring in actual time. You have this dialogue happening with the viewers and the followers, and I actually get pleasure from that. It’s actually enjoyable. But that is a part of it: that sort of suspense and anticipation of questioning what’s going to return by means of.
io9: Speaking of the followers, what sort of suggestions did you get from Chucky followers about season one, and what’s your relationship like with them?
Mancini: Well, , I pay attention and I monitor stuff. One of the issues that I wished to do with the sequence was convey the tone of the entire thing again into one thing that was approximate to Child’s Play 2, as a result of I do know that’s principally everybody’s favourite film of the franchise. And I get that—I like that film, too. So I wished to try this, and associated to that, we tried to make [Chucky’s look] an identical to [his look in] Child’s Play 2 as a result of I knew that’s what the followers wished. So I take heed to all of this, and I give it some thought, and I take it under consideration. But on the similar time, a part of the enjoyable of it’s subverting these expectations. It’s not nearly, like, giving everybody what they need—after all, that wouldn’t even be potential—however I’m simply at all times to listen to what they like and characters that they like and what they like about these characters, as a result of I’m a fan of it, too. I’m a fan of different cultural artifacts as effectively. And so I understand how it really works; it’s enjoyable to take part in.
io9: Have you gotten any reactions from Hackensack, New Jersey, the place the present takes place?
Mancini: Actually, I haven’t! But I’m tremendous as a result of I questioned, ? Maybe they’re simply too busy. Maybe they’re oblivious. I really feel like sooner or later over the past eight weeks because the present was airing, I did Google Hackensack simply to see, however I didn’t come throughout something. I believe the Hackensack that we depict is sort of fascinating—and, after all, it’s a Hackensack of the thoughts. No relationship by any means to the true Hackensack, New Jersey apart from its, , bodily location and its very existence.
io9: It’s virtually a personality in season one.
Mancini: Hackensack for me, I established that in Bride of Chucky as a result of I wanted a spot for the characters to go—they wanted to have a vacation spot for his or her street journey. And I just like the phrase “Hackensack” as a result of it simply phonetically seems like a spot the place a serial killer could be from, as a result of it’s hack and sack—it simply sounds violent. It seems like stabbing! But past that, I used to be an enormous fan of Richard Donner’s Superman, the place after all Eve Teschmacher’s mom is from Hackensack [Laughs]. When Lex Luthor sends the 2 missiles flying, one in every of them goes to the San Andreas fault, and Superman can solely cease one. And then the opposite one’s going to Hackensack, New Jersey and Miss Teschmacher says, “But Lex, my mother lives in Hackensack!” and he glances at his watch after which simply shakes his head and walks away. That’s why it’s Hackensack! [Laughs]
io9: What do you assume Chucky, the character and horror icon, brings to the desk in 2021 that’s distinctive?
Mancini: I believe that over time with the films we’ve completed, we’ve discovered that we will plug him into completely different subgenres and completely different tones and now even completely different media, and he can work. He’s a really versatile character, and I believe he’s developed that manner. I imply, a part of it, hopefully, was good writing. You know, type of deliberate planning. But he has developed in such a manner that it was partly as a result of I simply wished to maintain myself amused and entertained as a author. And so after I was writing the completely different films, I simply wished to reinvent it in order to not do the identical factor time and again. But I believe that that has actually helped us.
So to reply your query, I believe that Chucky has this versatility as a personality and that enables us to plug him into completely different sorts of metaphoric subtext. Because you at all times want that; it needs to be about one thing. The monster must be a metaphor for one thing. When we began out within the ‘80s with the first Child’s Play, Chucky was a metaphor for consumerism run amok, say. But on this first season of the TV sequence, we used Chucky as a metaphor for bullying, which is a extremely potent concern within the zeitgeist, significantly because it pertains to youngsters, figuring out that [teenagers were] going to be our our predominant characters. It’s vital have that, and to set a stake within the floor in order that every thing, regardless of how absurd all of it will get, it stays rooted in some sort of actuality. Beyond that, with this one particularly, I wished it to have some real-life, 14-year-old angst and ache. I believe that’s one of many causes folks appreciated it—and that’s one thing that I knew that the tv format would supply a chance [for], to construct in some actual coronary heart. I believe we’re all—all of the writers and administrators and producers—we’re all tremendous joyful that that appears to have landed. People actually appear to love these characters and the adventures they went on and the emotional arcs that they skilled.
io9: The tone of the present is exclusive since you stability gore with some very campy humor. But then there’s additionally these emotional moments, as you talked about.
Mancini: Yeah. I believe it’s similar to, the completely different colours go effectively collectively. The completely different flavors go effectively collectively. For me, I’m at all times doing that with the films, too—mixing extra grounded, naturalistic stuff with the camp that inevitably comes from Tiffany and Jennifer Tilly. Finding the stability between horror and naturalism and comedy and stylization on the opposite two ends of the spectrum, that’s very fascinating to me.
Chucky’s first season is now streaming on Peacock; Chucky season two will hit SYFY and USA Network someday in 2022.
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