Horror legend Clive Barker is returning to television, this time for a TV series based on his short story collection Cabal, which was previously made into the 1990 film Nightbreed.
Again using the name Nightbreed, Barker's latest project, which is being developed alongside writer Josh Stolberg (Jigsaw, Piranha), Morgan Creek Entertainment and Universal Cable Productions, has found a home at Syfy. Stolberg previously developed an adaptation of Barker's 1987 novel Weaveworld at the CW.
“This story has been near to my heart for many years,” Barker told Deadline upon the announcement of the series' development. “I’m at beyond thrilled that SyFy and UCP are taking this journey with us, and I cannot wait to see it brought to life on the screen.”
“There has never been a more relevant time for us to turn to one of the genre’s great cult classics from our movie library to impact the national conversation with bold, compelling and unconventional storytelling,” David Robinson, President of Morgan Creek Entertainment Group, said. “The team at Morgan Creek is very excited to partner with Clive Barker, Syfy and Universal Cable Productions on Nightbreed for a unique, trenchant and no-holds-barred exploration of race relations in today’s society. As a sophisticated twist on the classic graphic novel form, Nightbreed pits ‘Humans’ against persecuted monsters, using metaphor and parable to take on bias and prejudice with real-world consequences.”
The report also notes, since Morgan Creek's rebranding, the company is also looking to reboot projects like Ace Ventura, Major League, Young Guns, Dead Ringers, Diabolique and Pacific Heights for either film or television.
Nightbreed was also made into a comic series, co-authored by Barker, which was published by BOOM! Studios.