In either thrilling or terrible news for fans of the classic Hellraiser franchise: director/writer Clive Barker's terrifying original 1987 film starring pain master Pinhead and his sadistic crew of hellish torturers is getting a modern reboot, and writer David S. Goyer — who co-wrote the stylish and massively successful Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy as well as Marvel's sleek Blade trilogy — is at the script's helm.
"I've been a fan of Clive's work since the original Books of Blood paperbacks and The Hellbound Heart novella," Goyer explained to Variety of the project for Gary Barber's Spyglass Media Group. "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."
Spyglass Media Group is the film and production company behind thriller classics like The Sixth Sense and The Happening, as well as a bevy of romantic comedies such as their last film The Vow, released in 2012. The Hellraiser remake marks the first undertaking by the company since their relaunch in March 2019.
Barber, a longtime from of Barker, has utmost faith in the production and plans to stay loyal to the original feel of the story and film. "Clive and I go back more than 30 years together," says the producer. "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."
The film is currently in pre-production, but Spyglass plans to fast-track the process. We'll announce more information as it becomes available.