Acclaimed horror novelist/screenwriter/director Clive Barker (Hellraiser, Candyman) is set to helm Demonik, a next-generation video game for publisher Majesco and Tiger Hill Ent., a production company co-founded by action film director John Woo (Face/Off, MI:2). The third-person action franchise is set to launch for next-gen consoles in 2006, and is also being developed as a feature film to be written and directed by Barker.
Barker will oversee the story, character designs, cinematics and voice talent for the game. “Demonik will be an intense gaming experience," he says. "I’m having a lot of fun enriching the game’s mythology and polishing the characters till they shine. And, of course, adding a little bit of Barker darkness. Demonik promises to be a game that you will play with clammy palms.”
“Clive is known for creating great and horrific villains," adds Brad Foxhoven, president and co-founder of Tiger Hill. "In the game, you get to play the villain, and in the movie, you will be terrified by him.”
Demonik will be Barker’s second game effort, having previously launched the successful title, The Undying, through his own company, Dogfish. The new game is being developed by Terminal Reality, the studio behind Majesco’s hit BloodRayne series. In addition to the game and movie, there have been discussions about a graphic novel and limited-edition statue to coincide with the game launch. No release date has yet been set for the film.
Barker’s production company, Seraphim Films, is in pre-production on The Midnight Meat Train and The Plague through his Midnight Picture Show horror label. Other projects in development include The Thief of Always, Tortured Souls, Damnation Game, Dread, Weaveworld and Coldheart Canyon.
Santa Monica, Calif.-based Tiger Hill Ent. has four games in production, and is currently working on bringing Nintendo’s Metroid game franchise to the big screen with Woo at the helm.