For many horror aficionados, Clive Barker is as big an icon as John Carpenter or the late Wes Craven. After all, Barker’s 1987 film Hellraiser — adapted by Barker from his own novella “The Hellbound Heart” — spawned eight sequels and a legion of devoted fans.
Many probably know him for his filmmaking career, but Barker has been just as prolific as a writer – with more than a dozen novels to his name, including titles like “The Forbidden” that also gave rise to horror movie franchises (Candyman, in this case). However, now one of his older works is taking its first steps on a journey to the small screen.
According to Deadline, The CW is developing a drama series based on Barker’s 1987 novel Weaveworld. The show will give Barker’s story — which centers on a magical world existing parallel to our own — a modern update, focusing on an app designer and a pastry chef who discover that it is their destiny to guard a mythological realm accessible through a portal in an old mansion. Barker will serve as executive producer on the show, alongside writer/producer Jack Kenny (Warehouse 13).
Weaveworld is but one of multiple TV shows being developed by The CW right now that are based on previously-established properties that encompass different genres. Case in point, the network also has a post-apocalyptic Little Women TV show making its way down the pipeline; there’s also a CW Friday the 13th television series in the works that adds a crime investigation element to what has traditionally been a slasher horror franchise.
Of course, there’s no additional news on the project just yet. Fans of Barker’s novel will likely debate whether or not The CW is the right place for the series, as the network isn’t exactly the first place one might think of for his darker material. An adaptation of Weaveworld has been in various states of development over the year, most notably as a mini-series over at Showtime during the early 2000s – so news that a live-action version is finally in the works again should please at least some fans of the novel.
Moreover, the fact that Weaveworld is getting the television treatment rather than a film adaptation opens the door for a far more faithful adaptation of the source material. Plus, now that visual effects have allowed a number of current series to demonstrate that fantastical elements can be created on a TV budget (see the upcoming Shannara Chronicles on MTV), perhaps the time is right for Weaveworld to finally hit television.
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Stay tuned to Screen Rant for updates on Weaveworld as this story develops.