For many years, there have been attempts to create a big budget reboot/remake of the Hellraiser franchise - at one point, Clive Barker himself even wrote a remake of the original film, but somehow we've only received mediocre, straight-to-video sequels - and here we are once again, another new Hellraiser project has appeared out of nowhere this week.
Variety now reports that David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight, Blade II, Batman Begins, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) is writing “a loyal, evolved reimagining” of the original Hellraiser. Whatever that's supposed to mean.
Gary Barber’s Spyglass Media Group is behind the remake and will "finance, develop, and fast track the film for worldwide theatrical distribution." Yes, that means Pinhead will be making his way back to the big screen.
"I’ve been a fan of Clive’s work since the original Books of Blood paperbacks and ‘The Hellbound Heart’ novella," said Goyer. "Having the chance to reimagine Pinhead and the Cenobites for a new audience is a nightmare-come-true. Gary is a true fan as well and we’re committed to making something dark and visceral."
Keith Levine will produce alongside Goyer under the Phantom Four banner.
Barker wrote and directed Hellraiser, which was based on Barker’s novella The Hellbound Heart, centering on the resurrection of Frank (Sean Chapman), who had opened the door to an alternate dimension and had his body torn to pieces. The film was followed by nine sequels between 1988 and 2018.