The Cenobites may have an eternity to know your flesh, but we seem to have an eternity to enjoy the Hellraiser franchise. The classic horror mainstay created by Clive Barker featuring most prominently, actor Doug Bradley as the iconic and demonic pope of pain, Pinhead has continued to endure as a popular horror franchise since its feature debut in 1987. Since then, the series has featured a devilishly high number of sequels, most direct to video, with talks and rumors of a theatrical remake or theatrical continuation popping up now and again but with little traction. But now it seems the right people have solved the puzzle box because a Hellraiser reboot will be emerging!
As reported on Variety, Spyglass Media Group has just announced they’ll be making a rebooted version of Hellraiser with David S. Goyer attached to produce and write on the project. Goyer having been a writer on Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies as well as the Marvel Blade trilogy of movies. Goyer also adding his own connections and appreciations for Hellraiser as a horror series:
“Goyer said, “I’ve been a fan of Clive’s work since the original Books of Blood paperbacks and The Hellbound Heart novella. Having the chance to reimagine Pinhead and the Cenobites for a new audience is a nightmare-come-true. [Gary Barber, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Spyglass] is a true fan as well and we’re committed to making something dark and visceral.” ”
The report states “Spyglass will finance and develop the pic for worldwide theatrical distribution.” making it the first Hellraiser movie to receive a theatrical release since Hellraiser: Bloodline of 1996, with all subsequent sequels receiving home video releases. While actual plot and style details are slim, based on Goyer’s comments, it does sound like they’ll be taking the franchise back to the beginning, in particular Barker’s original novella. Time will tell what this will entail, but for now we’ll have to imagine what sights they intend to show us.