On the heels of a Hellraiser reboot at New Line Cinema, Deadline reports that David Gordon Green has closed a deal that will see him direct multiple episodes including the pilot for a Hellraiser series at HBO Max.
The filmmaker has been wading in the world of horror revivals lately with Halloween, Halloween Kills, and Halloween Ends for Blumhouse.
This new Hellraiser series will be penned by Micheal Dougherty (Trick R Treat, Godzilla vs Kong) and Mark Verheiden (Battlestar Gallactica, Daredevil, Heroes).
Hellraiser is a 1987 horror film based on Clive Barker’s novella The Hellbound Heart.
HELLRAISER – Sexual deviant Frank (Sean Chapman) inadvertently opens a portal to hell when he tinkers with a box he bought while abroad. The act unleashes gruesome beings called Cenobites, who tear Frank’s body apart. When Frank’s brother (Andrew Robinson) and his wife, Julia (Clare Higgins), move into Frank’s old house, they accidentally bring what is left of Frank back to life. Frank then convinces Julia, his one-time lover, to lure men back to the house so he can use their blood to reconstruct himself.
Like David Gordon Green’s new Halloween films, this series will act like the mythology has already been established with the previous films and won’t exactly be a hard reboot but instead an expansion.
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.
Earlier this month it was reported that David Bruckner would be directing a Hellraiser reboot film for Spyglass Media.
It remains to be seen if the two horror projects will cross-pollinate.