Perhaps one of the most iconic creations within the horror genre of the past 30 years has been the “Cenobites” of Clive Barker’s Hellraiser universe. There have been a number of sequels to the masterful first, although none of them seemed to have lived up to the shocking dread produced by the original.
30 years later, television will take a swing at that bat.
The small screen has emerged as the single biggest force in the consumption of all things Horror. True Blood, Penny Dreadful, Haunting of Hill House, The Walking Dead have all been major creative forces who found mass audiences through television and streaming productions. Its a hot market.
Now, Deadline is reporting that producers Roy Lee (IT 2017) and Dan Farah (Ready Player One) have aquired the rights to bring Hellraiser to the small screen.
Lee and Farah have partnered with Lawrence Kuppin, David Salzman and Eric Gardner, who have held those TV rights since 1989 without ever having exercised them a single time.
Details are sketchy, and no word whether or not the project will be an anthology or a continuing storyline… or maybe even both.
Currently, the producer team is on a search for a writer and showrunner before finding a home at a network or streaming service.
The original film was the story of Frank Cotton, a man who inadvertently opens a portal to Hell when he buys and solves a strange puzzle box (which closely resembled a steampunk rubiks cube). The Puzzlebox summons stunningly S&M dark beings called Cenobites, creatures who are revealed to be Angels for a creator whose most exquisite reward is to inflict unimaginable pain and torture on the opener of the box.
In May of this year, word came that Batman Begins writer David S. Goyer was working on a Hellraiser remake. “I’ve been a fan of Clive’s work since the original Books of Blood paperbacks and The Hellbound Heart novella,” Goyer said at the time. “Having the chance to reimagine Pinhead and the Cenobites for a new audience is a nightmare-come-true…we’re committed to making something dark and visceral.” This remake movie is unlikely to have anything to do with the Hellraiser TV series, other than sharing a title and familiar characters/plot elements.
Pinhead the guy with all the long nails hammered into his face became the horrifying face of the 10-film series. No word as to whether or not the character will be a feature character.
Pinhead is one of the leaders of the Cenobites, which reside in an extradimensional realm, who travel to Earth through a puzzle box called the Lament Configuration in order to harvest human souls. His origins and the nature of the Cenobites vary depending upon the medium: while the character began as an amoral entity blindly devoted to the practice of experimental sadomasochism,
Now that the rights have finally been activated, be on the lookout for new book anthologies, as well as comic books, clothing, and licensed products worldwide.