The CW has set a new writer for Weaveworld, its drama series project based on the 1987 dark fantasy novel by Clive Barker (Hellraiser). Josh Stolberg (Piranha 3D, Crawlspace, Good Luck Chuck) has come on board to write the adaptation, which he will also executive produce alongside Barker and Angela Mancuso for CBS TV Studios.
Weaveworld has been a priority for the CW. The network first took a stab at a series based on Barker’s book last season with the genre filmmaker and Mancuso executive producing through CBS Studios and Jack Kenny writing. While the script did not go to pilot, the CW brass remained high on the title, earmarking it for redevelopment.
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.
For decades, Weaveworld had been considered too hard to adapt for TV because of its scope and settings that would require extensive use of special effects. That is something the current technology can accomplish on a TV budget, including at a network like the CW, as evident by shows like Arrow and Flash. There have been multiple attempts at a Weaveworld miniseries in the past two decades, including by Showtime.
This marks Stolberg’s return to television where he started his writing career before segueing to features as a writer and director. He recently co-penned with Pete Goldfinger Saw: Legacy for Lionsgate, now in production. He is repped by UTA, Circle of Confusion and Karl Austen.