For years, director Clive Barker has spoken about his plans to reboot his horror film Nightbreed for television. While Nightbreed, based on the book Cabal, isn’t as well known as Barker’s Hellraiser movies, it’s become a cult classic since it was released in 1990. Now, the Nightbreed TV series may finally have a home.
Deadline is reporting that Barker is developing Nightbreed at Syfy with Jigsaw writer Josh Stolberg, in association with Morgan Creek Entertainment and Universal Cable Productions. Stolberg wrote the new take on Nightbreed, which will use the relationships between humans and monsters as a way to examine modern race relations in the United States.
The original movie starred Craig Sheffer as Aaron Boone, an innocent man who was transformed into a Nightbreed and eventually reborn as their new leader, Cabal. In that tale, Midian, the Nightbreed’s hidden sanctuary beneath a cemetery, was destroyed and Cabal promised to find them a new home. The TV series appears to be using that as a starting point. According to Deadline, the Nightbreed reboot will follow “a recently turned reluctant hero” who attempts to find his fellow monsters a new refuge while mourning his fiancée’s demise.
The recently restored “Cabal Cut” of Nightbreed greatly emphasized Barker’s metaphor of LGBT oppression, which is territory that has also been staked out by HBO’s True Blood. But it’s another angle that could potentially be explored in the Nightbreed reboot as well.
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