barker.jpg This could be very interesting. The premise sounds pretty good. I am a huge fan of Barker in both his books and movies. I’ll be watching for this one!

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By Nicole Sperling 1 hour, 48 minutes ago

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Horror master Clive Barker

is developing a young-adult thriller centered on the ghost of Edgar Allan Poe. The film will revolve around a group of teenagers who attempt to uncover what happened during the last two weeks of Poe’s life. They inadvertently trigger a curse that unlocks Poe’s nightmares from which they must escape.

Barker has partnered on the project with Walden Media, the family-oriented firm behind the “Narnia” franchise.

“By focusing on mood and atmosphere rather than blood and guts, Clive Barker brings a smart, literate take on the horror genre that will expose young audiences to its great literary underpinnings,” said Alex Schwartz, executive VP of production at Walden Media.

Barker ventured into the children’s world with the book “The Thief of Always,” published in 1992 and in development at 20th Century Fox. Most recently, he published the first two of four novels from his children’s fantasy series “The Books of Abarat.”

“I think we might have a chance with this project to bring the character of Poe alive for a new audience and weave his shadowy existence into the dark enchantments of his stories so that for our protagonist, and for our audience, it will be difficult to be sure where one finishes and the other takes flight,” Barker said.

Barker will be writing and producing a remake of his film “Hellraiser” for Dimension Films. He and his Midnight Picture Show horror label are developing and packaging several of his short stories from his horror collection “The Books of Blood.”

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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