So that’s enough stuff about Batman Vs Superman, a film that some of you will probably be sick of hearing about, so on to something which is of far more interest to me personally. Out of all of the books of his that I’ve read, Clive Barker’s Weaveworld, despite having similarities to Terry Pratchett’s The Carpet People, was the one I enjoyed most, so I was most excited when Showtime obtained the legal rights for a planned mini-series. However, that was back in 1996. Novelist and screenwriter Michael Marshall Smith actually completed a first draft of a script for an eight-hour mini-series in 1995, and was later asked to write a complete script, but nothing more about this was heard until 2001, when Barker stated in an interview that a Showtime six-hour mini-series was about to enter a two-year pre-production stage, directed by Queer as Folk and Highlander director Russell Mulcahy, to be probably shot in Australia. He said that shooting was slated to start in 2003, with Stephen Molton as the screenwriter. In 2005, Barker stated that “finally, finally, finally!” the book had been adapted into a mini-series, and in 2006, Barker again claimed that the mini-series adaptation was about to enter production, but it still didn’t happen.
I was ready to give up on ever seeing Weaveworld on the small screen [it’s too dense to make into a decent film unless it’s about four hours long]. Then September last year, CW network announced that Weaveworld will be adapted into a series to be written and produced by Warehouse 13’s Jack Kenny and produced by Barker and Angela Mancuso. Now, Deadline has just caught word that Kenny is off the project and CW will be seeking out a new writer to re-develop the property. Perhaps Molton would be the guy to ask, considering he spent so much time and effort on the project when it resided at Showtime?
I don’t think we’re ever see this project come to fruition but I’m trying to remain hopeful. Barker’s novel is about….
….a rug–a wondrous, magnificent rug–into which a world has been woven. It is the world of the Seerkind, a people more ancient than man, who possesses raptures–the power to make magic. In the last century they were hunted down by an unspeakable horror known as the Scourge, and, threatened with annihilation, they worked their strongest raptures to weave themselves and their culture into a rug for safekeeping. Since then, the rug has been guarded by human caretakers.
The last of the caretakers has just died.
Vying for possession of the rug is a spectrum of unforgettable characters: Suzanna, granddaughter of the last caretaker, who feels the pull of the Weaveworld long before she knows the extent of her own powers; Calhoun Mooney, a pigeon-raising clerk who finds the world he’s always dreamed of in a fleeting glimpse of the rug; Immacolata, an exiled Seerkind witch intent on destroying her race even if it means calling back the Scourge; and her sidekick, Shadwell, the Salesman, who will sell the Weaveworld to the highest bidder.
In the course of the novel the rug is unwoven, and we travel deep into the glorious raptures of the Weaveworld before we witness the final, cataclysmic struggle for its possession.