Guess which Clive Barker book (and film) may get rebooted next

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Dec 16, 2012

Master of Horror Clive Barker (of Hellraiser fame) is set to breathe new life into one of his many popular books—which also spawned a 1990 film—as a possible cable series. Can you guess which one?

According to Rabid Doll, Barker is poised to resuscitate the 1990 horror film Nightbreed, which then starred actor Craig Sheffer (of One Tree Hill fame), Anne Bobby, David Cronenberg, Charles Haid (Hill Street Blues) and Pinhead himself, actor Doug Bradley.

The film, which was written and directed by Barker himself, was based on his own 1988 horror novella "Cabal."

If you guys recall, the gist of the story was this: Secret community of ancient and weird-looking creatures (it's Barker, after all) want to avoid the human world as well as a seriously deranged serial killer with the help of a young man named Boone (Sheffer), who, unbeknownst to himself, has his very own special destiny in Midian.

Apparently Barker is now actively in talks (with whom, we don't know) about developing this new project:

"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."

He also adds:

"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."

Do you agree with Clive Barker? And would you love to see Nightbreed spawn some new monsters in the form of a cable TV series?

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