Another novel from the demented mad genius Clive Barker will soon be upon us. Another Book Of Blood short is set to be transformed into film; we get this delightful news from the professionals at Variety:
Matador Pictures and Midnight Picture Show are teaming to bring “Clive Barker’s Book of Blood” to the bigscreen. The project represents the first in a series of “Book of Blood” stories that the two companies plan to make into a film franchise. Sophie Ward and Jonas Armstrong will topline the pic, which is being helmed by John Harrison (”Tales From the Darkside: The Movie” ). Harrison wrote the screenplay with Darin Silverman.
Story centers on a paranormal expert who, while investigating a gruesome slaying, finds a house that is at the intersection of “highways” transporting souls to the afterlife. Barker is producing alongside Jorge Saralegui, Joe Daley, Nigel Thomas, Lauri Apelian and Micky Macpherson.
Hellraiser is my favorite horror movie, and I always welcome adaptations from the works of Clive Barker. The cenobytes are a motley crew of hideous creations. This gang of otherworldly bounty hunters give you full sense of where they are taking you - before you visit. They are pain-bringers, death dealers no nonsense harvesters of life. If people saw who would come for them if they messed up the puzzle - people would throw it in the ocean.
I haven’t had the pleasure of reading books of blood, so if any of you could fill us in on what story they are adapting - that would be great. It is encouraging that Clive is onboard as a producer, this should ensure quality control and a more excellent translation from his work. When a short story is translated to film often the blanks are filled in with unwelcome filler, but on occasion the idea is so good that it can lend itself to an excellent project. Midnight Meat Train is from the Book Of Blood and that is scheduled for release May 16, 2008. With luck, we will start to get a steady stream of Barker adaptations. That would suit me just fine.