Finally, word from the Clive Barker camp regarding the elusive movie versions of his "Abarat" books! In his latest interview for the Revelations Web site, Clive announces that the Disney deal is officially dead. Many who found the linkage of Barker and Disney a bit odd from the onset will breathe a sigh of relief. Others are likely to gasp at the thought of the film cycle being delayed even further.
Fearfodder's take? It's very good news indeed, especially as explained by Clive himself. Because Candy Quackenbush, the main character of the novels, does not age very much over the course of the epic story, he thinks it only makes sense that all books and scripts should be written before the first film goes into production. Makes sense to me.
Does this mean Clive is now planning on playing a more hands-on role in the forging of the movies? We can only hope. My understanding of the Disney arrangement is that he was more or less willing to let them run wild with the rights they purchased from him. The "Abarat" quintet is shaping up to be one of the most important publishing events in the history of fantasy fiction, one whose full impact may not be felt for many years to come (click here to learn more about the process and evolution of the author-illustrated books). It would be a shame for the film adaptations not to be treated accordingly.
But for those of you more interested in Clive's adult fare, be encouraged by the fact that he is over 3,000 pages into the third draft of his Pinhead novel, "The Scarlet Gospels," as well as the fact that he calls it "without doubt the darkest book I have ever written." One way or another, it's an exciting time to be a Clive Barker fan.--Pete Mesling