David Bruckner (The Night House), who helmed Netflix’s The Ritual as well as sections of Bloody Disgusting’s horror anthologies V/H/S and Southbound, is directing the relaunch of the Hellraiser franchise for Spyglass Media, set to be a Hulu feature film written by Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski (SiREN, Super Dark Times, The Night House).
Bruckner’s Hellraiser is filming as you read this, with Odessa A’zion starring in one of the lead roles. Bruckner had recently called the film “something of a small reimagining,” while also teasing that the movie aims to stay as true as possible to The Hellbound Heart, the original Clive Barker novella that became the Barker-directed horror classic, Hellraiser.
David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight) is a writer/producer on the project, and in a new chat with Collider this week he teases the film’s “jaw dropping Cenobites” and more.
“I will say that we went back to the original novella for the source material, we’re really honoring Clive’s work,” Goyer tells the site, echoing David Bruckner’s recent comments.
Goyer adds, “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.”
We don’t know all that much about the new movie at this time – for starters, we can’t be sure whether or not Pinhead is even in the movie – but we’ll keep you posted as we learn more.
As you may recall, a “Hellraiser” television series is also in the works at HBO Max with David Gordon Green (Halloween, Halloween Kills) directing the pilot and “several more initial episodes,” and Michael Dougherty (Trick ‘r Treat, Krampus, Godzilla: King of the Monsters) writing alongside Mark Verheiden (“Battlestar Galactica”). Clive Barker will executive produce.