The CW isn’t giving up on Weaveworld quite yet. In fact, the network has brought in a new writer to work and adapt Clive Barker’s 1987 fantasy, which could help it make the 2017 fall schedule.
Josh Stolberg, who got his start writing for the television version of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, will now try to write a pilot script based on the book, according to Deadline. His job will be to bring the Seerkind to life – a magical race of people who work hard to stay hidden from the non-magical world (don’t call them “muggles,” because that’s the entirely wrong franchise).
Barker, of course, is most famous for his 1987 horror film Hellraiser as well as the story that served as the basis for the 1992 horror film The Candyman.
Yet, finding a way to bring Weaveworld to the screen has proven difficult. CBS Corp., more or less, has held the rights to the book since 1996 through the premium cable channel Showtime, but has not been able to get something off the ground.
Barker himself started telling reporters in 2001 that a six-hour miniseries was in the works for Showtime that could make it to air by 2003 with Stephen Molton writing. Yet, that fell through as well.
Last year The CW, which is co-owned by CBS, said it would develop Weaveworld into a series with former Warehouse 13 showrunner Jack Kenny adapting. However, even that work didn’t make it to pilot stage.
So The CW is trying again with Stolberg, whose more recent work has been in film like Piranha 3D in 2010, Crawlspace in 2013, and for the upcoming Lionsgate flick Saw: Legacy with directors Michael and Peter Spierig.
If the series is picked up, Stolberg will serve as an executive producer along with both Barker and CBS Television Studio’s Angela Mancuso, both of whom were part of last year’s adaptation attempt.
A pilot, if picked up, could film early next year with a final decision for series expected in the spring.
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