Clive Barker made a cult classic when he penned the short-story collection ‘Cabal’ which was later turned into the 1990 film of ‘Nightbreed.‘ Now he is bringing the book to life once again over at Syfy as an ongoing series! Josh Stolberg (‘Jigsaw’,’Piranha’) is set to pen the new series with both Morgan Creek Entertainment and Universal Cable Prods working behind the scenes. On the production side, James G. Robinson, David Robinson, and Barbara Wall will be producers for Morgan Creek while Barker and Mark Miller will represent Seraphim Films.
The idea for the series will be to explore “race relations in America,” though the series will do so by exploring the races specifically of humans and monsters. Specifically, the show will follow “a group of underground half-human/half-monsters seeking to find a new refuge and home after their original hiding place is destroyed.”
We’ll follow a reluctant hero who is reeling from the mysterious death of his fiancee and who has been put into the position of helping these hybrids who are in need of help. He isn’t entirely settled into his new role and has to lead this group into banding “together despite being hunted and persecuted by humans who find their “otherness” to be frightening” even though the odds are stacked against them.
Barker has stated that:
“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.”
David Robinson, President of Morgan Creek Entertainment Group, added that:
“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.”
We can all just hope that if it brings in the fans of the graphic novel that the series won’t get canceled like so many of Syfy’s shows seem to have happened.
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