Earlier this month it was announced that Spyglass Media Group was finally moving forward with a Hellraiser reboot, having hired David Bruckner (The Ritual) to direct. Now this week it looks like there is a second Hellraiser project in development, this one for the small screen. HBO has secured the rights to make a Hellraiser TV series in partnership with Farah Films, Vertigo Entertainment, Panacea Entertainment and Rough House Pictures. The situation brings to mind the recent reinvention of the Child’s Play franchise, which found MGM producing a movie reboot while original Chucky creator Don Mancini set up a new TV series with Syfy. In this case, Clive Barker does not appear to be involved in either one. Hit the jump for more details.
According to Deadline, HBO is developing a Hellraiser TV series with Mark Verheiden (Battlestar Galactica, Daredevil) and Michael Dougherty (Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Trick r Treat) set to write. David Gordon Green (Halloween, Pineapple Express) will direct the pilot and a handful of additional episodes; he will also executive produce along with Rough House partners Danny McBride, Jody Hill and Brandon James. The assumption seems to be that the show will be coming to HBO Max although that has yet to be confirmed.
The series is being described as an “elevated continuation and expansion of the well-established Hellraiser mythology” and will acknowledge previous films. That seems to be a bit different than the movie that is in development, which has been framed as more of a reboot. Most Hellraiser fans seem to agree that the franchise has been horribly mistreated in recent years with a lot of direct-to-video nonsense, but it will be interesting to see if there is now room for two competing Pinhead projects from relatively respected genre filmmakers. Do you have any interest in a Hellraiser TV series?