When thinking of Clive Barker (‘Nightbreed’,’Lord of Illusions’) and his book to film conversions, you would probably first think of his ‘Hellraiser’ series though now The CW plans on having you think of ‘Weaveworld.’
Barker’s novel was originally released in 1987 and he will serve as executive producer on the new series. Jack Kenny (‘Warehouse 13′,’Titus’) has been tapped to both produce and be the show’s lead writer. The plan is to take the original novel and update it to today’s world as well as make it a bit more Americanized.
The changes from the original work will have an app designer teaming up with a pastry chef to fight an evil who is trying to control a world full of magic. The chef is set to be the defender of this world which can be accessed through an old Savannah mansion and the portal found within. With only one book to draw on it will hopefully not suffer the same fate of Stephen King’s ‘Under the Dome‘ and go stale after they’ve used up the source material. Of course, with Barker on board as an Executive Producer he might have some say and ideas in where they’ll be going with the series down the line.
As the series is set to be on The CW it’ll be interesting as to how much of a young adult conversion we’ll see on the show from one of the masters of horror. Previously multiple outlets, including Showtime, have tried to bring the novel out as a miniseries but budget restraints have always held it back. Today’s technology makes creating the fantastic world into a cost effective reality by making it an ongoing show.
At this point we’re so early into pre-production that there is no release date for when we’ll be able to see ‘Weaveworld’.
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Here is storytelling on a grand scale — the stuff of which a classic is made. Weaveworld begins with 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.