Raven Banner Acquires Clive Barker’s Jacqueline Ess for Screen Adaptation
Raven Banner Entertainment has optioned Clive Barker’s short story Jacqueline Ess: Her Will and Testament, which originally appeared in Barker’s anthology novel The Books of Blood.
Raven Banner will produce with Barker’s Seraphim Films on board to Executive Produce. The deal was negotiated by Raven Banner partners Michael Paszt, James Fler and Andrew Hunt, with Noor Ahmed of Reder & Feig LLP negotiating on behalf of Seraphim.
Jacqueline Ess tells the story of a beautiful woman with the ability to horrifically change people’s body shapes simply with her mind. Her ability gives her the power to grant men the ultimate sexual experience, albeit one that always proves fatal. It’s a story of sex, power, and the extremes that await us at the limits of desire.
“All of us at Raven Banner have been huge fans of Clive’s for years,” says managing partner Andrew Hunt, “and I personally have always loved the story of Jacqueline Ess, it has all the qualities one wants in a modern horror film, so I’m excited to see it finally being brought to life on film.”
“We love what Raven Banner is doing for horror,” says Seraphim’s VP Mark Miller. “We are excited to be collaborating with them.”
The film is currently being scripted, and is slated to go into production Fall 2014.
Raven Banner Entertainment:
Raven Banner Entertainment is a sales, distribution and production company based in Toronto specializing in genre films for the worldwide market. With its expertise in strategic project management and campaigns, RBE can also assist in any and all capacities of production, from acquisitions, representation, negotiations, marketing management and plans, and sales. Recent releases include: Stephen Sommers’ Odd Thomas, Don Coscarelli’s John Dies At The End, Nothing Left To Fear by rock legend Slash, and Adam Green’s Hatchet III.
Formed in 1990 and based in Los Angeles, California, Seraphim is Clive Barker’s production company. For more than twenty years, Seraphim has brought Clive’s work to global audiences as he explores his imagination through multiple media including film, television, novels, comics, poetry, theatre, photography and painting.