Published Apr 27, 2020Hellraiser is at last getting a reboot off the ground — and it's being helmed by none other than David Gordon Green. What's more, the classic horror franchise will be repackaged as a TV series for HBO.
Following reports of a reboot popping up last year, the ever-busy HBO has officially roped in Green — who recently rebooted the Halloween franchise — to direct the pilot episode of the horror series, Deadline reports. If all goes according to plan, Green will also direct other episodes in the series.
The HBO edition of Hellraiser will be written by Mark Verheiden (Battlestar Gallactica, Daredevil, Heroes) and Michael Dougherty (X-Men United, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Trick r' Treat). While details of the series are so far slim, the news comes after Vertigo Entertainment's Roy Lee and Farah Films' Dan Farah acquired the rights to turn the Hellraiser film franchise — based on Clive Barker's novella The Hellbound Heart — into a TV series.
As Deadline points out, when they landed the Hellraiser rights back in June 2019, Lee and Farah intended the series to either be an anthology or follow a more traditional narrative.
Deadline now reports the following:
The idea is to create an elevated continuation and expansion of the well-established Hellraiser mythology. It is by no means a remake, but rather assumes the past mythology to be a given. The centerpiece remains Pinhead, the pin cushion-headed merciless leader of the Cenobites, the formerly humans-turned-demons that live in an extra-dimensional realm and are activated through a puzzle box called the Lament Configuration. The Cenobites come from hell to harvest human souls and keep balance between good and evil.
So far, it's unclear when the Hellraiser series will arrive on HBO, so stay tuned. The original Hellraiser film arrived back in 1987, and it spawned multiple sequels (of varying quality).
As previously reported, a separate Hellraiser reboot will also arrive via Spyglass Media Group. That project is being written by David S. Goyer, who previously did both Batman Begins and Man of Steel.
Green, meanwhile, still has a pair of upcoming Halloween films to finish.