A few years ago Nightbreed director Clive Barker expressed interest in a TV series of his cult film, and even confirmed that ideas were being discussed. Barker said:
“I don’t wish to be immodest, but our culture has sort of caught up with Nightbreed and we’re actively in conversation about doing it for television. The general sense is that the movie failed because people didn’t want to associate with the monster. I think our culture is now more ready to embrace that ambiguity…”
That was some two years ago, and since then Nightbreed has enjoyed a welcome boost of popularity as the now re-titled Director’s Cut has been doing the festival rounds, and even has a confirmed US release thanks to Scream Factory.
The TV series now appears to be moving forward slightly more than from the early days of just talk and ideas, as Morgan Creek’s Michael Plumides told Empire this week:
“We’ve been actively developing the Nightbreed TV series at Morgan Creek with Clive Barker for two years. We hope the newly restored Director’s Cut will help us illustrate how wildly popular the series could be to potential buyers. I recently penned four episodes including the pilot, with material all approved by Clive and Mark Miller at Seraphim Films. We have also been developing new Nightbreed creature concepts and I’ve been collaborating with Tate Steinsiek (SyFy’s Face Off) for some months now, to create all-new designs for old characters and a few new ones, as well. We think the fans will be very pleased – by staying true to the source material but also modernizing the concepts, we hope Nightbreed will appeal to this millennium’s viewer”
It all sounds promising, but there is no cast and no shooting date confirmed as yet, and there isn’t even a broadcast home for the series, but it is good to hear that things are moving forward, as Plumides explains:
“It’s too early to say regarding a pilot, but there is significant interest in the Nightbreed property – and we have the Occupy Midian movement to thank for that. But in writing the scripts, I made every effort to stay true to Barker’s vision for the purists without deviating wholly from the source material – even consulting not just Clive and Mark but Barker experts and aficionados – people that live and breathe Barker’s work. Also, I will say, it feels American, but the British accent shines through, occasionally. We hope to partner with a network that understands and appreciates the “monsters of Midian” as we do, but also recognizes the viability of the Nightbreed property”
More on this as it develops.