There’s a Hellraiser series heading to HBO.
A deal has gone through for a series based on the Hellraiser horror film franchise that was spawned from Clive Barker’s (Nightbreed, Candyman) novella The Hellbound Heart. On board to direct the pilot and a number of other episodes of the series is David Gordon Green, whose wide-ranging credits include 2018’s Halloween reboot, Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy Pineapple Express and Jake Gyllenhaal drama Stronger. Mark Verheiden (Battlestar Galactica, Daredevil, Heroes) and Michael Dougherty (Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Trick r’ Treat) are writing it and will executive produce, with an EP team that also includes Green, Danny McBride, and Vertigo Entertainment’s Roy Lee, among others.
As reported by Deadline, the series will not be a remake, but “an elevated continuation and expansion of the well-established Hellraiser mythology” with “the past mythology to be a given.” Further plot details aren’t known at this time.
Barker’s original 1987 film followed the resurrection of Frank (Sean Chapman), who had entered a hellish dimension and had his body torn to pieces by a demonic creatures known as Cenobites. Years later, his brother (Andrew Robinson) moves into the abandoned house of their late mother. When an accident causes some of Larry’s blood to spill on the attic floor, Frank’s resurrection begins, which in turn leads to the Cenobites and their leader – who was eventually identified as Pinhead in the sequels.
This is one of two high-profile Hellraiser projects in development. As we reported on in May 2019, Spyglass Media Group has a re-imagining feature film in the works with David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) attached to write and produce.
David Gordon Green is currently in pre-production on his second Halloween film, which has been titled Halloween Kills. He’s also attached to a third: Halloween Ends.