An Update on Universal’s Cal McDonald/Criminal Macabre Adaptation

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An Update on Universal's Cal McDonald/Criminal Macabre AdaptationIt was back in August of 2009 when Universal acquired the rights to adapt Steve Niles’ Criminal Macabre, which features drug-infused anti-hero detective Cal McDonald, into a feature film; and yes, things have been moving rather slowly, but we finally have an update!

While doing press for the upcoming Remains made-for-TV film that airs on Chiller this December 16th, Niles had the following to say about Cal’s progress at the studio:

Right now Cal is being developed at Universal Studios for a feature movie. And after being through multiple studios, we finally have…Universal really gets it. And they’re letting us do it as an R because for years people wanted me to do it as a PG-13 movie, and I was like, “Have you read the comic?” Like there’s really not a lot of PG-13 stuff to Cal.

I [recently] had breakfast with [producer] Mike Richardson from Dark Horse, and we discussed it, and we will hopefully have some really good news in, I’d say, the next six months or so, but I’m continuing with the comics. As a matter of fact, I [just] turned in the latest installment of Criminal Macabre, and so we’re keeping the comics going, we’re going to bring the novels, we’re going to reprint those, and keep all that going.

But yes, something will happen with Cal McDonald, and if it doesn’t pan out as a horror movie…I think it would be a wonderful series, especially just because there’s, I don’t know, I hate to say this, but there’s 20 years of material. I’ve been writing him for 20 years now so we could have many seasons if we got it on TV.

Look for more on this one soon!

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