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Clive Barker’s ‘Jacqueline Ess’ to be adapted on screen

One of the sneaky stories to come out in the horror world the past few weeks was the announcement of Lena Headey collaboration with director Jovanka Vukovic for the film adaptation of Clive Barker’s Jacqueline Ess. In case you missed the announcement we have it for you in detail here. Be on the look out for more this Raven Banner Entertainment production soon.

 

Raven Banner Entertainment and Seraphim Films announce that actress Lena Headey (Game of Thrones, 300, Dredd) has been attached to co-produce and play the titular role in the feature film adaptation of Clive Barker’s Jacqueline Ess, to be helmed by director Jovanka Vuckovic.

“Lena Headey is a marvelous performer with an incredible presence,” says executive producer Clive Barker. “As far as I’m concerned, there is no better choice of actress for the role of Jacqueline. Her beauty and authority will carry the day.”

Jacqueline Ess is the first feature from Vuckovic, whose film credits include the award-winning short film The Captured Bird from executive producer Guillermo del Toro, and the groundbreaking all-female horror anthology XX.

“Jovanka Vuckovic’s vision for Jacqueline Ess is at once devastating and beautiful,” Barker says. “Let there be no question: this is the film she was born to make.”

Adds Vuckovic: “I have coveted Jacqueline Ess for many years. And for as many years, I have imagined Lena Headey in the role, so I am absolutely thrilled that she and I will be teaming up to bring Clive’s phantasmagoric, feminist body horror story to life onscreen.”

Jacqueline Ess tells the sexually charged tale of a woman who, in her thirst for change, achieves the ability to transform people’s bodies at will. It originally appeared in Barker’s acclaimed Books of Blood anthologies, which also include stories that inspired the horror films Lord of Illusions and Candyman.

“All of us at Raven Banner have been huge fans of Clive’s Jacqueline Ess for years,” says managing partner Andrew Hunt. “It has all the qualities one wants in a modern horror film. We’re honoured to have Lena and Jovanka join the team.”

Headey and Vuckovic will serve as co-producers on the film along with Raven Banner. This is a story that is very personal to Barker and as a result, he, along with Seraphim’s Mark Miller and Ben Meares will serve as executive producers. The script, which is being co-written by Vuckovic and Christian Francis, is currently underway. Jacqueline Ess is slated to go into production in late 2014.

Jovanka Vuckovic is an award-winning filmmaker and author. She has released several critically acclaimed short films that have played notable festivals around the world and is currently producing the first ever all-female horror anthology with XYZ Films.

 

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