7 Upcoming Clive Barker Motion pictures & TV Present Diversifications for Candyman Followers

Candyman is formally a horror hit, practically doubling its funds on the field workplace after its first two weekends in theaters. That is definitely excellent news for director Nia DaCosta and producer Jordan Peele, whose names have been each entrance and middle within the movie’s advertising and marketing. But it surely additionally could possibly be excellent news for horror author Clive Barker and his fanbase.

Barker, after all, was the unique creator of the Candyman character, having first written about him within the quick story “The Forbidden” manner again within the mid-’80s. He then government produced the unique 1992 Candyman movie, which had author/director Bernard Rose transplanting Barker’s story from Liverpool to Chicago. With Candyman now again within the public eye and incomes rave opinions, may extra Barker properties — a few of which have been caught in growth hell for years — discover their method to the large or small display someday quickly? Let us take a look at all the varied Barker variations in varied phases of growth — together with one or two tales with none official adaptation plans that we simply need to see for ourselves.

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A New ‘Hellraiser’ Film

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If Candyman is a success with the general public once more, there isn’t any motive Pinhead could not be, too. So it should not come as a shock that the obvious Barker venture is the one which’s already underway. A Hellraiser reboot directed by David Bruckner, who helmed The Ritual and this summer season’s The Night time Home, has reportedly begun taking pictures in Belgrade, Serbia for an eventual Hulu launch. Bruckner has known as it a “small re-imagining” of The Hellbound Coronary heart, Barker’s 1986 novella that he himself tailored into the unique Hellraiser movie one yr later. Rumors abound that Pinhead, a hell priest summoned by a mystical puzzle field, can be performed by Odessa A’zion within the new movie, a gender swap that makes a number of sense contemplating that Barker’s lead Cenobite was a extra female determine within the authentic textual content. It additionally may assist Bruckner’s model of the character stand other than the long-lasting model performed by Doug Bradley by way of eight movies. Anticipate to see Bruckner’s tackle Hellraiser someday in 2022.

A New ‘Hellraiser’ TV Present

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However wait, Hellraiser won’t simply be coming again as a film — there’s additionally an unconnected Hellraiser TV present in growth for HBO with some heavy-hitter names behind it. Director David Gordon Inexperienced, who three years in the past made Michael Myers cool once more, can be government producing alongside his regular partners-in-crime Danny McBride and Jody Hill. Inexperienced can be planning to direct a number of episodes of the collection, together with the pilot. Writing the present are Mark Verheiden, who labored on Battlestar Galactica and Heroes, and Michael Dougherty, who’s in all probability nonetheless most identified by style followers for writing and directing 2007’s well-regarded horror anthology Trick ‘r Deal with. Better of all, Barker himself is reportedly concerned within the HBO collection, having been introduced on board as an government producer. After so a few years of schlock DTV sequels, it is a bit unusual having two high-profile Hellraiser reboots underway on the identical time. The query is, with Bruckner’s film now in manufacturing, will HBO proceed shifting ahead with their very own hell-raising unabated?

Extra ‘Books of Blood’ Motion pictures

Yul Vazquez in Books of Blood
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Candyman is not the one current launch tailored from Barker’s works. Simply final yr, Hulu premiered Books of Blood, a brand new anthology movie primarily based on the six-book assortment of quick tales that first made Barker a family title within the horror neighborhood. Directed by Brannon Braga, Books of Blood intertwines direct variations of two of Barker’s tales with a 3rd that was extra loosely impressed by the writer’s writing. Braga, who labored with Barker himself on the movie, has indicated that he’d prefer to adapt extra of the unique tales in future sequels (nevertheless, the film wasn’t terribly well-received). A straight sequel appears unlikely, however there are many tales from the ebook assortment nonetheless ripe for adaptation (do not forget that Candyman himself was initially birthed in Books of Blood Quantity 5).

A ‘Nightbreed’ TV Present

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After Hellraiser and Candyman, the largest Clive Barker IP out there may be doubtless Nightbreed. Although Barker’s authentic 1990 movie was butchered by studio meddling, the monster-laden darkish fantasy continues to be fondly remembered by horror followers who have been desperate to scoop up the long-lost director’s minimize on blu-ray in 2014. Along with engaged on the Hellraiser present, Dougherty is presently hooked up to a small-screen tackle Nightbreed as effectively. With no movie reboot to compete towards, a Nightbreed present may doubtlessly discover a smoother path to our televisions.

‘The Thief of All the time’ Film

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Of all of Barker’s full-length novels, The Thief of All the time appeared to be the one most destined for adaptation. A family-friendly fable about an 11-year-boy who discovers a mysterious mansion inside which period strikes at vastly elevated velocity, an adaptation has been within the works not less than twice earlier than, together with an animated, musical model that Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall have been going to provide within the 1990s. Barker informed Collider final yr {that a} live-action adaptation was set to shoot this yr with Oliver Parker directing, although there was no information of the venture since. Nonetheless, if any of his books are going to get the big-screen adaptation they deserve, The Thief of All the time continues to be the likeliest candidate.

Diversifications of ‘Weaveworld’ and ‘Imajica’

The cover of Clive Barker's Imajica
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Then, then again, we’ve got Weaveworld and Imajica — two huge, Barker-penned fantasy epics which are bizarre, wild, and a few may say unadaptable (however that hasn’t stopped of us from making an attempt, dammit). Imajica options a big solid of fascinating characters (together with the androgynous shapeshifting murderer Pie’oh’pah) and spans a number of worlds, every yet another fantastically weird than the final. Weaveworld entails a race of magical creatures whose complete universe is hidden inside an vintage rug and their battle to guard it. Information of efforts to adapt each books, both as a film or a TV collection, have percolated on and off over time. The most up-to-date filmmaker hooked up to Imajica was Josh Boone, who was liable for the 2020 miniseries model of The Stand and appeared eager to do Imajica subsequent. There hasn’t actually been any exhausting information on Weaveworld because it was being developed as a TV present by The CW (actually!). In that very same Collider interview from final yr, Barker talked about that each of them have been “coming,” though we’ve got to surprise if he was simply being optimistic. Nonetheless, with Candyman thriving once more, it is smart to strike whereas the iron is sizzling. And in contrast to Barker’s two still-unfinished literary collection, The Books of the Artwork and Abarat, not less than Imajica and Weaveworld would give a filmmaking group a accomplished story to work with.

A Harry D’Amour TV Present

Scott Bakula in Lord of Illusions
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Okay, I am going to confess, this one is simply me spit-balling. So far as I do know, there has by no means been an try and take Harry D’Amour, Barker’s hard-boiled detective with a nostril for the supernatural, and place him within the middle of an ongoing tv collection. However there positively needs to be. D’Amour is certainly one of Barker’s most enduring creations, having appeared in a number of of his novels and being dropped at the display as soon as earlier than courtesy of Scott Bakula in 1995’s Lord of Illusions (the final movie Barker has directed himself to this point). It might be really easy to take the character and place him within the middle of an ongoing TV collection, as D’Amour may face off towards a brand new monstrous and horrifying risk each week (maybe with seasonal large bads lurking within the background). Such a venture would provide up a pleasant, simplified model of the Barker-verse that might nonetheless get as gnarly and outlandish as a manufacturing firm wished. What puzzle field do I’ve to open to make this one occur?

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