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Clive Barker and SyFy Developing Nightbreed TV Series

June 23, 2018 | Posted by Joseph Lee

Deadline reports that Syfy is developing a TV series based on Clive Barker’s Cabal, which was previously adapted into the 1990 film Nightbreed. The new series will keep the Nightbreed title. Barker will be involved with the series, along with writer Josh Stolberg (Jigsaw), Universal Cable Productions and Morgan Creek Entertanment, which produced the original film.

Here’s a synopsis: Nightbreed explores race relations in America, only the races are Humans and Monsters. It follows 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?

James G. Robinson, David Robinson and Barbara Wall will executive produce for Morgan Creek, while Barker and Mark Miller will executive produce for Seraphim Films.

Barker said: “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.

The story “Cabal” was published as a novel in 1988, along with several short stories in Volume 6 of Barker’s Books of BLood. The 1990 film was written and directed by Barker, with Craig Sheffer and David Cronenberg starring.

Morgan Creek President David Robinson said: “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,” said David Robinson, President of Morgan Creek Entertainment Group. “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.

Nightbreed is one of several titles Morgan Creek planned to reboot when it rebranded itself in the fall, along with Ace Ventura, Major League, Young Guns, Dead Ringers, Diabolique and Pacific Heights.

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