Clive Barker's short story Jacqueline Ess: Her Will and Testament joins the growing list of film adpatations from Barker's anthology novels The Books of Blood. Previous film adaptations include Rawhead Rex, Candyman, Lord of Illusions, Quicksilver Highway, The Midnight Meat Train, Book of Blood and Dread. Toronto-based outfit Raven Banner Entertainment has optioned the story and will produce the film. Barker's Seraphim Films is on board to serve as executive producers.
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."
The film is currently in the scripting stage and will go into production in the fall of 2014. No one is attached to the production on either side of the camera yet.
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