I don’t know how many years this lasted, but for a chunk of my life, I read Clive Barker's Weaveworld once a year. For some reason, this story of a magical land woven into a big-ass rug really spoke to teenage me. The novel is one of the few I have perfectly cast already in my noggin.
And now that’s totally going to get messed with. According to Deadline, Clive Barker is serving as executive producer for a Weaveworld TV series for the CW. The show will be written and produced by Warehouse 13’s Jack Kenny.
Before you get all excited, check out this synopsis:
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.
I know things need to be updated, but that feels like a few too many steps removed from the Weaveworld novel. I’m not sure I’m into the main character being an app designer. Not because it’s different from the book, but because it feels very different for the everyday, mild-mannered character. That kind of change might be indicative of the show’s direction overall. I would hate for this to get ruined by a desire to make everything hip, sexy, and arbitrarily current.
If you haven’t read Weaveworld, I highly recommend it as a great modern fantasy story with tons of the sex, violence, and sexual violence Clive Barker is known for.