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A “loyal, yet evolved reimagining” of “HELLRAISER” is in the works, with Goyer and without Barker

Monday, May 6, 2019 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

Even as sequels have continued to be produced, there’s been talk of a reboot of the original HELLRAISER for some time, and now it looks like one is actually about to launch.

Variety reports that the recently reactivated Spyglass Media Group is prepping the new HELLRAISER, with David S. Goyer, whose credits range from the BLADE trilogy to numerous superhero epics, attached to script and produce the movie. Keith Levine is also producing under the Phantom Four banner, with no director attached as of now; nor has creator Clive Barker’s involvement been announced. Spyglass topper Gary Barber, who describes the new movie as a “loyal, yet evolved reimagining” of the Cenobite saga, says, “Clive and I go back more than 30 years together. 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.”

Adds Goyer, “I’ve been a fan of Clive’s work since the original BOOKS OF BLOOD paperbacks and THE HELLBOUND HEART novella [upon which HELLRAISER is based]. 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 is fast-tracking the movie for worldwide theatrical distribution.

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.