A lot of interesting novels are making their way to television these days. Stephen King’s It is getting another run, as is The Stand and (hopefully) The Dark Tower. We’re also going to get a chance to see Neil Gaiman’s American Gods get a television adaptation. So it’s time for Clive Barker to get in on the action. The novel in question from this British prince of horror will be Weaveworld and it shall come to life thanks to The CW and none-other-than Barker himself sinking his time and money into it.
If you’re unfamiliar with this work of Barker’s, the story basically revolves around a magical world that’s been woven into a tapestry in order to protect it and its inhabitants from a menace known as The Scourge. When a corner of the tapestry gets torn off and “unwoven”, some strange and interesting people are let loose into our world. Some of them are nice while others aren’t so nice. The story goes back and forth between the “real” world and the tapestry, presenting a very rich and varied landscape filled with some of Barker’s most memorable characters.
Naturally, if it’s a Barker story then it’s filled with some pretty graphic stuff and will need to be toned down. Even The CW won’t air some of the things that go on in the paper version of Weaveworld. This may be easy to accomplish or it may turn the project into a huge mess, but Barker has enough faith in the series to act as an executive producer. And it will be up to Jack Kenny (of Warehouse 13 fame) to write the show. He’ll also be putting his own production skills into the mix.
Here’s a blurb (courtesy of Deadline) which explains the new version of Weaveworld:
In the TV adaptation, an app designer teams up with a young pastry chef who has just discovered that she is destined to be guardian of a mythological realm that can be accessed through a portal in an old Savannah mansion. Together, they fight an epic battle with evil forces who are vying for control of the magical world.
It’s a little bit different from the original, but that’s to be expected to at least a minor degree. The question is – how much will they change? Will the show become something unrecognizable? The CW has done a good job as of late and now’s their chance to prove to Barker fans that they can go the extra mile and produce an adaptation of Weaveworld that is worth tuning in to every week.
More on the development of the series (for better or worse) as we discover it. Until then, cross your fingers and hope for the best.