Back in September, it was announced that The CW was moving forward with a TV show based on Clive Barker’s sprawling fantastical epic Weaveworld, with Warehouse 13 show runner Jack Kenny at the helm.
However, Deadline is reporting that the network has decided to start fresh a new writer. Both Weaveworld and their TV version of The Notebook (yes, that The Notebook) are being held on to but “redevelop,” which means a new writer and a new approach.
The brilliant 1987 novel Weaveworld is “set in 1980s England and revolves around The Seerkind – a race of people with the capacity to invoke magic. The book received a contemporary makeover in the CW adaptation this season, centering on an app designer teaming up with a young pastry chef destined to be guardian of a mythological realm in an epic battle against evil for control of a magical world.”
We were slightly concerned by the plot synopsis for the show, which stated “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.” No Liverpool, you see.
With a new writer, who knows whether this basic plot will be adhered to, or whether there’ll be a new outline entirely. The idea of Barker on TV seems promising, as does the fact that Barker is involved as executive producer. Hopefully it will have a smoother ride through development than his Hellraiser remake, which has reached the “We’re never going to get to see this, are we?” stage of development hell, along with that new Halloween movie.
Delays to this are not exactly unreasonable given the scope and scale of Barker’s vision (not to mention how they’ll handle the gore and nudity), and Deadline points out that Showtime tried to adapt it for a miniseries but gave up. We’ll see if this latest attempt bears fruit…