Deadline reports The CW has tapped Joel Stolberg as the new writer of its Weaveworld TV show project. The fantasy drama is an adaptation of Clive Barker’s 1987 novel of the same name. Stolberg will executive produce with Barker and Angela Mancuso, for CBS TV Studios.
The network originally developed Weaveworld last season with Jack Kenny writing. When it did not move forward, we reported The CW was still keen on the project and would give Weaveworld another go, with a new writer.
Weaveworld is a dark fantasy horror adventure story. Here is how Publishers Weekly describes it (via Amazon.com):
Barker envisions a race of fey folk known as the Seerkind who live undetected among mere mortals (whom they slyly refer to as the Cuckoos) until threatened by destruction. In response, the Seerkind weave themselves and their living places into a carpet, a magical riot of color and wonder known as the Fugue, which is then placed in the care of a mortal woman.
Years pass, the woman grows old and dies, and her death signals to malign forces who wish to possess it that the Fugue is no longer protected. These are the demonic, immensely powerful woman known as Immacolata, her two ghostly, repulsive sisters, and her mortal cohort, the avaricious and power-hungry Shadwell. But the granddaughter of the Fugue’s former caretaker manages to get possession of the rug, and so begins a long pursuit.
A wealth of characters walk (or fly or crawl) through these pages, and the plot is a busy one. At times the story has a rather mechanical feeling, lacks conviction and excitement. Barker has less real emotion here than in his first novel, and has for the most part abandoned his trademark grisly details. Nevertheless, the book is often diverting and quite inventive.
Deadline says, “In the new take on Weaveworld, two ordinary people find themselves on a quest to find and protect a magical realm and ultimately to save all of humanity from an evil force.”
According to the report, Weaveworld was long thought too difficult to adapt for television. Thanks to technological advances, quality special effects are now possible on a TV budget.
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