Clive Barker is bringing Nightbreed to the small screen at SyFy. We first reported on a possible Nightbreed TV series last October when news broke that the studio Morgan Creek was rebranding and would be looking to reboot some of their library of existing titles in new ways. Now, it looks like they've found a partner in SyFy for Nightbreed and will work on bringing the horror tale to television. Here's what Clive Barker had to say about it in a statement.
"This story has been near to my heart for many years. 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."
The series will serve as an adaptation of Clive Barker's short story collection Cabal, which was previously adapted in 1990 in the movie Nightbreed, which Barker wrote and directed. James G. Robinson, David Robinson and Barbara Wall will executive produce the series for Morgan Creek, alongside Barker and Mark Miller, who are producing for Seraphim Films. David Robinson, President of Morgan Creek Entertainment Group, had this to say about the TV series.
"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. 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."
Nightbreed the movie centers on Aaron Boone (Craig Sheffer) who is haunted by terrifying nightmares of a city of monsters. He goes to see a psychiatrist, Dr. Decker (David Cronenberg), for help. But what Boone doesn't know is that Decker is really a serial killer. Decker frames Boone to take the fall for his murders, and Boone is killed by the police. But Boone is brought back to life by the monsters of his dreams, the Nightbreed, who in turn join Boone in his quest to stop Decker from killing again.
Nightbreed wasn't a success upon its release but has become a cult classic of sorts. Clive Barker is famously not happy with the theatrical cut the studio approved. He did, however, manage to put together a director's cut, which was released in 2014. There is currently no timeline for the Nightbreed series as it's in the early stages of being developed. SyFy hasn't officially given a series order yet, so no casting or plot details have been revealed. Writer Josh Stolberg (Jigsaw, Piranha) in on board to pen the adaptation. We'll be sure to keep you up to date as more details on the project are made available. This news comes to us courtesy of Deadline.