After the recent slate of disappointing direct-to-video sequels designed solely to help the studio keep the franchise rights, it’s almost a relief to hear that a big budget Hellraiser reboot is officially in the works. There have been murmurings about this for years, of course, but now we’re hearing that David S. Goyer is penning the script—and for the first time in a long time, the cenobites will be returning to the big screen.
If the name David S. Goyer sounds familiar, that’s probably because he wrote films like Blade II, Batman Begins, and The Dark Knight (also Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but we’ll try not to hold that against him). Goyer says he’s a long-time fan of Clive Barker’s work and is committed to creating a dark and visceral film. So presumably there’ll be no cenobites with CDs stuck in their face, but we’ll have to wait and see.
The remake is coming to us from the Spyglass Media Group, which is fast-tracking the project for worldwide theatrical distribution. Goyer will also produce the film alongside Keith Levine. The plan is to create “a loyal, evolved reimagining” of Barker’s original 1987 film, which is based on his novella The Hellbound Heart.
Words: Samantha McLaren (@themeatispeople)