It looks like the forthcoming Hellraiser reboot from Spyglass Media will be skipping a theatrical run and heading straight to Hulu, Bloody Disgusting has learned. Spyglass is also behind the upcoming Scream 5.
The new Hellraiser from David Bruckner will bring the Cenobites to a television screen near you as Bruckner reunites with Night House’s Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski. He was also behind Netflix’s hit horror film The Ritual and certain sections of Bloody Disgusting‘s horror anthologies V/H/S and Southbound.
We still don’t have any plot details about the upcoming film, but it will be based on Clive Barker’s novella The Hellbound Heart and likely borrow from the 1987 film adaptation. As fans of the Hellraiser franchise know, the story revolves around Pinhead and his group of beings known as the Cenobites as they unleash chaos using the Lemarchand Configuration puzzle box.
Hulu makes sense for Hellraiser, too, since they produced a new feature adaptation of Barker’s Books of Blood, based on the anthology collection of horror short fiction last year.
Hulu’s Hellraiser reboot isn’t the only new franchise in the works.
We should note that the forthcoming Hellraiser reimagining isn’t the only new project in the works for the franchise. HBO Max is also developing a Hellraiser series with Halloween and Halloween Kills director David Gordon Green directing the pilot and a few other episodes. Barker will also executive produce the series, but it’s not clear how involved he’ll be (if at all) with the Hulu project.
According to the original Deadline article breaking the news, the HBO Max series will also be inspired by The Hellbound Heart and is planned as an “elevated continuation of the existing ‘Hellraiser’ mythology.”
With global merchandise, ten films, comic books, and a book anthology, it makes sense that a television series would eventually happen, and Barker sounds excited to see what comes next in the saga, saying he was “delighted the ‘Hellraiser’ mythology is seeing a new life. It’s time the stories went back to their roots. I’m eager to bring to a new audience the most powerful and ancient elements of horror: the darkest evil invading our human lives and how we must find in ourselves the power to resist it.”
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The Hellraiser reboot does not yet have a release date.