The fact that Clive Barker’s Nightbreed didn’t spawn a franchise of at least four or five sequels is one of the great injustices in horror history. Based on Barker’s novella, “Cabal,” Nightbreed was the story of one man’s journey to Midian, where an outcast tribe of monsters and dark things live in peace. It also featured David Cronenberg in an exceptionally creepy turn (even by Cronenbergian standards) as a serial killer.
The movie had its issues during production, and it was only recently that a new expanded cut of the movie made it out for public consumption. Still, there has always been tremendous potential in the Nightbreed world (there was a cool comic book continuation of the story in the ’90s), and the prospect of finally revisiting it is an appealing one.
Clive Barker and Josh Stolberg are now developing a Nightbreed TV series for Syfy. It sounds like this is a reboot that will start from scratch (to be fair, by the time this makes it to screens, the movie will be 30 years past). If they follow the path of the movie and “Cabal” it’s easy to see how that story alone could be stretched out over the course of a season, and then we can get future adventures with the monsters of Midian.
“This story has been near to my heart for many years,” Barker said in a statement (via Deadline). “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.”
“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.”