Get ready for a Nightbreed television series.
Yep, a television series adaptation of Clive Barker’s short-story collection Cabal is currently in development at Syfy. Barker adapted the novella into the 1990 film Nightbreed.
The series is in the works at Syfy with Hellraiser creator Barker, Jigsaw writer Josh Stolberg, Morgan Creek Entertainment (also behind the original film) and Universal Cable Prods. Stolberg has written the planned series, which will explore US race relations, albeit with the races being Humans and Monsters. We’ll be following…
… a group of underground half-human/half-monsters seeking to find a new refuge and home after their original hiding place is destroyed. Leading these efforts is a recently turned reluctant hero who not only is adjusting to his new supernatural status but also is dealing with the grief and mystery surrounding the death of his fiancée. Will this group band together despite being hunted and persecuted by humans who find their “otherness” to be frightening?
“This story has been near to my heart for many years,” Barker said in a statement. “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.”
Said David Robinson, President of Morgan Creek Entertainment Group:
“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.”
Craig Sheffer and filmmaker David Cronenberg starred in the original film, which didn’t perform well critically or financially at the time of release but has achieved cult status over the years on the home entertainment market. A director’s cut was released in 2014, a version that’s 20 minutes longer than the theatrical cut and containing over 40 minutes of new and altered footage.
Check out one of the original trailers for 1990’s Nightbreed: