Clive Barker is up there with the likes of Stephen King in the world of horror fiction. Though he may not have as many legendary novels under his belt, Barker is another master of horror that has found some solid success in the film world. And it appears he’s going to continue that success by reteaming with a recent collaborator for a new series based on “Nightbreed.”
According to an interview with ComingSoon, Barker shed some light on the forthcoming “Nightbreed” series that he is producing and co-writing. He revealed that he’s currently working on the “bible” for the series and will be working alongside filmmaker Michael Dougherty to help adapt the novel of the same name that was turned into a film in 1990.
“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 said. “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.”
“Nightbreed” tells the story of a group of monsters that live underground and are discovered by a young guy looking for refuge. The Nightbreed, as they’re known, takes him in and they all search for a new place to hide from humanity. When it was released 30 years ago, the film, which Barker wrote and directed himself, was a box office failure. However, in the decades since, “Nightbreed” has become a cult classic, as a new generation discovers the underrated horror gem.
Dougherty and Barker are definitely not strangers. The duo are already reportedly working on a “Hellraiser” series, which Dougherty will co-write and produce. The filmmaker is also probably best known for his big-budget monster film, “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” as well as his horror hit, “Trick R’ Treat.”
It’s unclear when we might see “Nightbreed” go into production or where the series might eventually land. However, judging by the fanbase that has grown over the past 30 years, there will be plenty of people excited by the prospect of seeing Barker’s vision come to life one more time.