February 1, 2008 / 3:54 AM / 12 years ago

Barker adapting "Blood" franchise

Author Clive Barker in an undated photo. The horror master is taking his tales of terror to the big screen again. REUTERS/David Armstrong/Handout

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - British horror master Clive Barker is taking his tales of terror to the big screen again.

Matador Pictures and Barker’s Midnight Picture Show shingle are teaming to adapt what is planned as the first in a series of films based on the horror author/filmmaker’s fiction collection “Books of Blood.”

John Harrison (“Tales From the Darkside: The Movie”) will direct from a script written by Harrison and Darin Silverman. Sophie Ward (“Young Sherlock Holmes”) and Jonas Armstrong (the U.K.’s TV series “Robin Hood”) are set to star.

The “Blood” series consists of six collections of horror stories published from 1984-85. The books made Barker an overnight literary sensation.

“Blood” will adapt the first story from Book 1, which centres on a paranormal expert who, while investigating a gruesome slaying, finds a house that is at the intersection of “highways” transporting the souls in the afterlife.

Barker, whose written works have inspired such film franchises as “Hellraiser” and “Candyman,” is in development on a new “Hellraiser” movie, while “Midnight Meat Train,” which is based on his short story, is due in the spring from Lionsgate.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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