“Everything is true. God’s an Astronaut. Oz is Over the Rainbow, and Midian is where the monsters live.” – Peloquin. That’s my personal favorite quote in a movie full of great lines, Clive Barker’s Nightbreed.
An adaptation of Barker’s 1988 novella Cabal, Nightbreed hit theaters in February 1990. Both written and directed by Barker, Nightbreed was a box office flop, and wasn’t exactly a critical hit at the time either. However, fans found the film on home video, turning it into a cult classic.
It’s no secret that Nightbreed was heavily cut down by distributor FOX before being released theatrically, and Barker publicly lamented for years how the film had been compromised. Thankfully, Scream Factory eventually helped Barker restore his original vision, releasing a restored director’s cut on Blu-Ray in 2014.
While rumors of some kind of Nightbreed follow-up have floated around online a few times over the years, no progress has ever really been made on the idea. That said, it looks like Midian might soon live again, this time on the small screen.
According to Deadline, Morgan Creek – producer of Barker’s original film – is developing a Nightbreed TV series, as part of a bid to try and revive the company’s back catalog of films as new TV shows and movies. While information on the project so far is scarce, Barker himself is said to be involved creatively.
Considering the expansive, captivating world and characters that Barker was able to create in just one film, one can only imagine what he’d be capable of with modern effects and the freedom to tell a longer story.
Horror fans tend to be wary of remakes, and for good reason. If Barker is guiding the ship though, a new take on Nightbreed could very well be amazing. Until then, may the Tribes of the Moon embrace you.