Is A Nightbreed TV Series On The Way?


Horror master Clive Barker adapted his own 1988 novella “Cabal” into the 1990 film “Nightbreed”. Originally envisioned as a sprawling trilogy, “Nightbreed” flopped both with audiences and critics, no sequels ever materialized, and nothing further happened. But perhaps all that is about to change as Barker is developing a reboot of “Nightbreed” as a potential cable show.

“Nightbreed” is about a mythical secret community of monsters who live in place called Midian, hidden and insulated from humans. Their existence is threatened by a violent, twisted serial killer, and a mental patient named Boone (Craig Sheffer) who believes he belongs among the creatures of Midian.

I first saw “Nightbreed” at what was likely a wildly inappropriate age, and immediately fell in love. It also made me realize that David Cronenberg (who appears as the creepiest character you’ll ever meet) is one seriously scary dude. To this day it is still my favorite Barker movie, and I always wanted more. The idea of a weekly TV series that reimagines the mythology of Midian and goes further than the movie sounds like a great plan to me.

Barker is actively in talks with people, though there aren’t presently any specifics. He says:

It will have a chance to be as sexy or as graphic in terms of the violence as we need it to be. For example, do you have “Spartacus” over there? Oh my God, it redefines gruesome…I also applaud them for finally realizing it’s not a bad thing to see a manhood once in a while—it’s not as if half the world doesn’t see it daily.

After talking about wangs, he continues:

The sensitivity of our culture has sort of caught up with “Nightbreed”. I don’t wish to be immodest, but the general sense is that the movie failed because people didn’t want to associate with the monster, and I think our culture has changed—I think our culture is now ready to embrace the ambiguity.

You’ve only got to look at “Twilight”, where obviously the monsters are the good guys—I’m not a huge fan, but I’m enough of a fan to watch and see monsters being celebrated.

The more I think about it, the more the prospect of a “Nightbreed” series excites me. There are some great brutal, fantasy-themed shows on cable right now. “Spartacus” and “Game of Thrones” spring readily to mind, and would love to see some legit horror thrown into the mix. There is massive potential in “Nightbreed”, so much that Barker hints at but never had the chance to fully explore, and done right, on a network that will let Barker tell his story right, this could turn into something spectacular. I want to delve into the history and culture of Midian.

Are there any other “Nightbreed” fans out there? What are your thoughts on a series based on the film? Where do you think it would be a good fit?

Via : Blastr

Author: Brent McKnight

Brent McKnight lives in Seattle with his dogs. He likes beards, movies where things explode, and overcast skies. His three favorite movies are "Rubin and Ed", "A Bittersweet Life", and "Out for Justice". He wishes his knees didn't hurt. On Twitter @BrentMMcKnight
  • Zero-shot

    Yeh I really hope to see Nightbreed as a series,the movie rocks in my opinon. Barker can make this series really shine with todays effects we can see his creative creatures in full effect. Im excited.

    • Brent McKnight

      Imagine what they can do with the character design now that they couldn’t do back in the day? Could be amazing.

  • Kathy_greenwood

    I would love to see Nightbreed on TV…the movie was one of my favourites :). I love anything by Clive Barker

  • Sara Alexis Miller

    Has to be picked up by HBO or Showtime to be good. No SyFy network please cause their production values suck!!

  • Kpsando

    Night Breed as a TV production would be ” The Shit.” I’ve been waiting since the movie was released for some kind of sequel,but an on going series would be even better.