While coming soon.net was chatting with the iconic horror author and director for the upcoming adaptation of his legendary Books of Blood, ComingSoon.net learned from Clive Barker that the in-development series adaptation of Nightbreed is set to feature Trick ‘r Treat‘s Michael Dougherty as director!
When reflecting on the 30th anniversary of his original film adaptation of his 1988 novel Cabal, Barker confirmed that he is indeed making progress on the series, currently writing “the bible” for the world of the titular group, and that he’s excited to be working with the Godzilla: King of the Monsters director on the project, as well as on the series adaptation of Hellraiserat HBO on which Dougherty is a writer and executive producer.
“It’s exciting, after 30 years, to go back to these characters and find out who’s still speaking to me, who wants their story told,” Barker brightly expressed. “My tongue isn’t in my cheek when I say that as when I start a piece, it’s listening. The writing is a piece of listening, I’ve always said I was a journalist and what I was reporting on was the space between my ears.”
Barker wrote and directed the film adaptation of his work but, at the time of its release, it was considered a box office failure. In recent decades, the film has since attained a cult status among dark fantasy and horror fans alike.
The project is being written by Josh Stolberg (Jigsaw) and Barker, with the former working to make the property relevant to today’s audience, focusing on the race relations that are interwoven within Nightbreed. The difference is that the tension is between Humans and Monsters.
Nightbreed follows a group of underground half-human/half-monsters seeking to find a new refuge and home after their original hiding place is destroyed. Leading these efforts is a recently turned reluctant hero who not only is adjusting to his new supernatural status but also is dealing with the grief and mystery surrounding the death of his fiancée. Will this group band together despite being hunted and persecuted by humans who find their “otherness” to be frightening?
Morgan Creek’s James G. Robinson, David Robinson and Barbara Wall will be executive producing the planned series. Barker and Mark Miller of Seraphim Films will also be executive producing. Books of Blood, co-written by Barker, Brannon Braga and Adam Simon and directed by Braga, is set to debut on Hulu on October 7!