A reimagining of Hellraiser is being fast-tracked for worldwide theatrical distribution by the newly-reformed Spyglass Media Group and screenwriter David S. Goyer has been tasked with reinventing the story and characters from Clive Barker’s novella The Hellbound Heart.
The success of Barker’s subsequent 1987 film adaptation of his own novella spawned a further nine movies. Unfortunately, the Hellraiser franchise increasingly caused ire from critics and fans as it increasingly lost its way.
The new interpretation of Hellraiser is being described by Spyglass as a “loyal, yet evolved reimagining” of the original. Most famous for writing Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Man of Steel, Goyer is no stranger to horror having written Blade and its sequels, The Unborn and the Full Moon movie Demonic Toys.
“Clive and I go back more than thirty years together,” said Spyglass CEO Gary Barber. “For generations, his brilliantly twisted and imaginative Hellraiser haunted the minds of moviegoers with its searing imagery of Pinhead. David is the perfect storyteller to continue Clive’s vision for a new theatrical version of Hellraiser.”
“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.”