Seth McFarlane may be known for his comedy, but perhaps the Halloween season has got him in the mood for some horror like the rest of us. He’s moving away from animated shenanigans to craft an adaptation of Clive Barker‘s Books Of Blood for Hulu.
Barker, who notably created Hellraiser and Candyman, has been a horror icon for decades. His Books Of Blood consist of a collection of short stories and novellas, many of which have also been adapted into films already. It included the aforementioned Candyman, along with The Midnight Meat Train and Lord Of Illusions.
The film will be an anthology, presenting three different stories with three different casts. McFarlane’s Fuzzy Door Productions has brought director Brannon Braga and writer Adam Simon on board to take control of the project. The duo co-created the horror drama Salem together.
One story revolves around a skeptical debunker of alleged paranormal activities and a link to her dead son she can’t explain. Another is about a young woman who’s terrified of sound and her overbearing mother. The final story is about a hitman trying to retire who finds a deranged book. Possibly the titular book of blood?
It’s surprising this project isn’t a TV show considering the anthological nature. With The Twilight Zone and Creepshow revivals, one would think this was the perfect time for Hulu to cash in on their own anthology series. Perhaps there weren’t enough stories to adapt, or maybe McFarlane just wanted to make a movie.
Books Of Blood will debut on Hulu sometime in the Autumn of 2020.