First things first, Nightbreed (with more on Dead Ringers below). Written and directed by Barker, the 1990 movie was based on his horror novella “Cabal” and starred Craig Sheffer, David Cronenberg, and Doug Bradley and followed a young man who discovers a mythical place called Midian and a secret community of monsters hiding from humanity.
Deadline reports that Morgan Creek Productions is changing its name to Morgan Creek Entertainment Group and the company is making a push across several media platforms, including movies, TV, and digital. That includes mining its extensive library, and Nightbreed isn’t the only title in its horror catalogue primed for a remake, reimagining, or reboot — all of them mostly for TV.
1996’s Diabolique, Michael Keaton-starrer Pacific Heights (1990), and David Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers are all in various stages of development, with a showrunner currently in talks for a Dead Ringers TV series.
Morgan Creek says its priority is to get the blessing of the original creators and to involve them in the new projects. For example, Barker has been part of the pitch for the Nightbreed TV series (the Master of Horror has been pushing for a reboot for a few years now), while Cronenberg has been said to be supportive of a Dead Ringers reboot. The 1988 movie directed by Cronenberg starred Jeremy Irons in the role of twin gynecologists who take advantage of the fact that no one can tell them apart until their relationship falls apart over Geneviève Bujold.
But that’s not all. Plans are afoot for a Young Guns movie and TV series, and discussions are apparently underway with a streaming service (Netflix? Hulu? Amazon?), while the Ace Ventura franchise will be relaunched with a new movie in the spirit of the original, says Morgan Creek. “Because it’s episodic in nature, about a pet detective, it also lends itself to a traditional single-camera series franchise.” Major League was also mentioned.
Morgan Creek’s renewed effort to mine its library started five years ago with The Exorcist. The company acquired the title from Warner Bros. a while back, and through its efforts it was rebooted as a TV series on Fox. While the series isn’t a ratings juggernaut, The Exorcist has garnered strong reviews and is currently airing its second head-spinning season.