Press: Midnight Picture Show

24 May 2005

Midnight Picture Show to create new Barker movies

Variety reports that novelist-director Clive Barker has partnered with producer Jorge Saralegui in the Midnight Picture Show, a new venture with the ambitious aim to produce two horror films per year. Using Barker's extensive back-catalogue of short stories, largely published in the six volumes of "The Books of Blood," they will also be originating new material.

Lakeshore Entertainment are set to finance the opening project - "The Midnight Meat Train," an adaptation of the Barker story about a Gotham-based photographer's effort to track down "the subway butcher," a search that leads to an unholy secret. Adapted by Jeff Buhler, the picture will be directed by Patrick Tatopoulos, best known for his work in production design for horro movies. Lions Gate will distribute and production will start in the fall.

Barker and Saralegui have also teamed with Armada Pictures to finance "The Plague," a Hal Masonberg/Teal Minton-scripted fright film to be directed by Masonberg this summer and centring on an apocalypse that causes kids to lapse into vegetative states, only to awaken years later bent on murdering their parents.

Variety note that Barker and Saralegui have chosen Anthony DiBlasi, an exec at Barker's Seraphim Films label, to adapt Barker's "Pig Blood Blues," and John Heffernan to draft "New York Resurrection," from an original idea by Barker - both set for production in 2006. Next up will be the Barker short "Age of Desire," scripted by Charles Canzoneri, along with "Revelation," a pic that Lori Lakin is writing, based on her own idea.

"We hope our advantage will come from my own body of work of really intense horror stories that are original," Barker said. "We will not be reheating old films, freshening up old ideas. ... Even forgetting the sequels we hope to make, I've got enough here for 20 movies of varying budget scales.
"Jorge and I want to wind up with a library of pictures that will reflect my sensibilities, which are decidedly R rated. In fact, the moment I make a PG-13 horror movie, you can take me out and shoot me. Our desire is to leave you feeling that we're a little crazy."

With exec production by Seraphim's Joe Daley and DiBlasi, the projects will remain firmly in-house, with Barker overseeing every script. They also hope to gain teh sort of long-term financing that would enable them to at least part-own the film's negative.

"We will build toward that goal, but first we have to prove ourselves in the marketplace," Saralegui said.

See Variety report - article VR1117923461

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