In a recent interview with Collider, writer and producer David S. Goyer (Dark Knight trilogy, Blade trilogy) has finally opened up about Spyglass Media Group’s upcoming Hellraiser remake, confirming that production on the new horror film adaptation has already begun. Goyer also went on to described the Hulu film as “terrifying, and amazing,” while also teasing the return of its “jaw-dropping,” Cenobites, who are Pinhead’s extra-dimensional demonic minions known for their extreme tortures of sadomasochism.
“I will say that we went back to the original novella for the source material, we’re really honoring Clive’s work,” Goyer said. “I can say that David Bruckner is a genius. It’s filming right now. The footage is terrifying and amazing, and the Cenobites are jaw-dropping.”
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The Hellraiser remake is being directed by David Bruckner (The Ritual, The Nighthouse) from a screenplay written by Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski, based on the story treatment by Goyer. Further details about its plot and characters are still being under wraps, but it was previously rumored that it might feature a female Pinhead. In addition, Odessa A’Zion (Grand Army) has reportedly been tapped for a leading role in the film.
The project is being produced by Goyer and Keith Levine through their Phantom Four banner. It is a production by Spyglass Media Group, which is also serving as its financer. Last May, Hulu acquired the distribution rights to the film.
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The Hellraiser franchise is based on Clive Barker’s horror novella titled The Hellbound Heart. Released in 1987, the first film originally told the story of an unfaithful wife who attempts to assist her dead lover in his escape from hell. Pinhead is the franchise’s villain, who leads the sadomasochist demons called Cenobites, who are summoned through an antique puzzle box. Due its cult following, it was then followed by nine more sequels.
The upcoming film remake isn’t the only one currently in the works as HBO is also developing a series adaptation of Hellraiser, with Clive Barker attached to executive produce, and David Gordon Green set to direct several episodes.