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Brannon Braga to Direct ‘Books of Blood’ for Hulu

Big news for fans of Clive Barker as Variety is reporting that Brannon Braga will co-write, direct and produce Books of Blood for Hulu. Braga will once again share writing duties with Adam Simon as the duo previously collaborated on the TV series Salem.

The film is set to star Anna Friel, Britt Robertson, Rafi Gavron and Yul Vazquez. Friel will play the role of “Mary,” a gorgeous psychologist that loses her child to leukemia. Soon she meets a character named “Simon” (Rafi Gavron) who claims to be a ghost-whisperer who speaks to her child. read more

‘Hellraiser’ Television Rights Acquired by Roy Lee and Dan Farah

Pinhead once said, “We have such sights to show you,” this is especially true now since according to Deadline producers Roy Lee (IT 2017) and Dan Farah (Ready Player One) have attained the rights to bring Clive Barker’s Hellraiser to the small screen for the first time ever.

Lee and Farah have joined forces with producers and rights-holders Lawrence Kuppin, David Salzman and Eric Gardner, who have held those TV rights since New World Entertainment was sold in 1989.

Now that a deal has been made, their intention is to use the mythos established in the films and the original Barker novella The Hellbound Heart as a kickoff for a new series that could be in an anthology or serialized format. read more

A ‘Hellraiser’ Reboot is Coming…

Apparently, the folks at Spyglass Media Group have such sights to show us. Deadline has reported that Spyglass, a new independent content company launched on March 13th by former MGM boss Gary Barber and Lantern Entertainment, has announced today that their first project is to be a “re-imaging” of Clive Barker’s 1987 immortal classic Hellraiser.

CEO Barber made the announcement of the reboot as well as letting the world know that David S. Goyer  (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight) will be handling writing and producing duties on the project which will be developed for worldwide theatrical distribution. Barber said, “Clive [Barker] and I go back more than 30 years together. For generations, his brilliantly twisted and imaginative Hellraiser haunted the minds of moviegoers with its searing imagery of Pinhead.” He added, “David [Goyer]  is the perfect storyteller to continue Clive’s vision for a new theatrical version of Hellraiser.” read more

New Teaser for ‘Nightbreed: The Ultimate Cabal Cut’ Released Online

Following the announcement of Nightbreed: The Ultimate Cabal Cut a few weeks ago, the updated version’s producers said it will run over three hours long and contain never-before-seen footage gathered from a variety of sources. Several images have been shared on the film’s official Twitter page and today a trailer has dropped!

Nightbreed follows Aaron Boone (Craig Sheffer), a troubled man who is haunted by terrifying nightmares of a subterranean city of monsters. He frequently visits a psychiatrist, Dr. Philip K. Decker (David Cronenberg), for help. What Boone doesn’t know is that Decker is really a masked serial killer. Decker frames Boone to take the blame for his murders and soon after Boone is killed by the police. He is brought back to life by the monsters of his dreams, known as the Nightbreed, who join Boone to stop Decker from killing again. read more

A New, Even Longer Cut of ‘Nightbreed’ is on the Way

Certain films have obsessive fans; I think it stems from an unfinished feeling that a fan is left with if they love a film but know it could have been better or if, god forbid, a beloved series is cancelled too soon (Twin Peaks, anyone?).  Clive Barker’s monster-filled Nightbreed has always fallen into the “what could have been” pile. The original finished product we were given back in 1990 never felt quite…finished. There were always rumblings about how unhappy Clive himself was with the finished product and there were whispers about a future directors cut which never seemed to materialize due to what was called “lost footage” – the studios told Clive that all remaining cut footage was gone; the 102 minute theatrical release was all that remained. read more

Horror Legend Clive Barker Discusses His New Book and ‘Books of Blood’ and ‘Nightbreed’ Television Series

Clive Barker is no stranger to anyone familiar with horror literature and films from the 1980s.  The noted writer, director, and artist has kept busy over the years, turning out a wide-variety of books, stories, and artwork, and he is about to enter the horror-verse in a big way in 2019 with a new book (Deep Hill), and two possible television series based on some of his most famous stories and films (The Books of Blood and Nightbreed).

According to an interview with Barker on his official website, Revelations, his latest novel “Deep Hill, is a little over halfway typed now. I am still working on it and am very excited about it. It’s a rather larger book than I thought it was going to be but, as you know, that always happens with me! It is not a book for the very young readers of Thief of Always, say, because it has some very dark, fantastical material in it. It does not, however, contain any sexual material and any cursing you may hear is nothing you wouldn’t hear on the nightly news, but it is scary and I won’t try and water that fact down. In fact in some ways I think it’s one of the scariest things I’ve done, because it mingles both imaginative scares (that is to say strange creatures and the like) with very threatening issues about the world we live in. Deep Hill involves a world of waste, how we deal with waste… read more

Clive Barker Contributes Over 150 Paintings to the Set of ‘The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’

According to a report by Gizmodo, Netflix’s upcoming adaptation of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will feature over 150 paintings by Clive Barker decorating the walls of Greendale’s witches-in-training school.

Production designer Lisa Soper revelaed that “… most of the artwork in the Academy of Unseen Arts—Greendale’s mysterious and dangerous magical school—came courtesy of Barker himself.  Soper said she befriended Barker thanks to her work on Sabrina, and chatted with him about the project and her plans for the set design. According to Soper, Barker was immediately on board to help out.” read more

Clive Barker’s ‘Nightbreed’ Coming to SyFy as a TV Series

The word around Midian is that Clive Barker’s classic Nightbreed is being turned into a television series for the SyFy channel. Based on a report by Deadline, Clive Barker and his team at Seraphim Films are working with original Nightbreed producers Morgan Creek and writer Josh Stolberg (Jigsaw, Sorority Row, Piranha 3D) to put together a new script based on Barker’s 1988 classic book Cabal which later became the 1990 film Nightbreed.

“This story has been near to my heart for many years,” Barker said. “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.” From David Robinson at Morgan Creek, “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.” read more

‘American Gods’ Artist Scott Hampton: The Horror News Network Interview

Hot on the heels of the second story arc of Dark Horse Comics’ adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods entitled “My Ainsel”, Horror News Network was able to interview series artist Scott Hampton about his work on the project, the challenges in adapting a novel to a comic book, and his previous work with Clive Barker.

Horror News Network: You have worked on a number of projects with Neil Gaiman. How is American Gods different from some of the other projects?

Scott Hampton: American Gods is so dense and textured with so many colorful characters and such an amazing story arc it feels like a singularity to me. read more