2007 horror anthology Trick ‘r Treat has quickly become a Halloween staple for many film fans. So it will please plenty that director Michael Dougherty has been hired to helm the long-gestating series adaptation of Clive Barker‘s horror fantasy film Nightbreed.
Barker’s 1990 film, adapted from his own novel Cabal, revolves around a man on the run from both the police and his crazed doctor, who takes refuge in a secret city of monsters where he learns that the creatures made famous by folklore were actually peaceful beings nearly exterminated by fearful humans. He becomes an undead creature himself and rallies the Nightbreed to fight back against the humans.
It’s the kind of premise that should make a good TV show, especially when networks and streaming platforms are looking for things like the next Stranger Things and Game Of Thrones. This could scratch both itch. Barker is reportedly hard at work creating the “bible” of the show’s universe, so don’t expect this to rush into production anytime soon though.
Dougherty is a great fit to take charge of the series though. Along with Trick ‘r Treat, he’s also helmed the Christmas-themed horror-comedy Krampus and big-budget sequel Godzilla: King Of The Monsters, so he’s adept at both (holiday-based) horror and monster-centric projects.
Not only that, but he’s also currently working on another Barker adaptation for HBO. Barker’s classic work, Hellraiser, is being adapted by the network and Dougherty is working on the project as a writer and producer. You probably couldn’t find anyone better suited to direct Nightbreed, whenever it finally hits the airwaves.
As for Barker, he has a number of projects coming soon. One is the recently-delayed Candyman reboot, which will now arrive in 2021, and another is the anthology film Books Of Blood, which debuts on Hulu next week: Wednesday, October 7.