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‘Loyal’ Reimagining of ‘Hellraiser’ in the Works From ‘Dark Knight’ and ‘Blade’ Writer

*Horror fans across social media have expressed concerns over a reboot of Clive Barker’s 1987 horror movie “Hellraiser,” considering how Hollywood has a knack for screwing up the classics, this is one title that many believe should be left to be experienced in its original form.

But Gary Barber’s Spyglass Media Group wants to revive the franchise and he reportedly has the blessing of his good friend Clive.

Barber said, “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.’ ”

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Spyglass will finance, develop, and fast track the film for worldwide theatrical distribution, Complex reports. “The Dark Knight” writer David S. Goyer will produce and pen the script.

“I’ve been a fan of Clive’s work since the original Books of Blood paperbacks and ‘The Hellbound Heart’ novella,” said Goyer. “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.”

The new “Hellraiser” has been described as a “loyal, yet evolved reimagining” of the 1987 original featuring the famed character Pinhead. Barker wrote and directed the original film which was based on his novella “The Hellbound Heart,” centering on the resurrection of a man (Frank) who opened the door to a sinister alternate dimension and had his body torn to pieces, per Variety.

“That started the whole thing off, many years ago. Pinhead, or the character called Pinhead by some, was a minor character in that book,” Barker previously said. “But people liked him. Not so much in the book, but when the movie came along, people really liked the character.”

When asked how soon he realized Pinhead was turning into this cult figure, Barker explained: “Soon after the movie opened, we saw that almost every photograph that was printed from the movie was of the guy with the pins in his head. And that had to tell you something, right? People were choosing an image to identify what the movie was, and he wasn’t a significant part of it. People teach you what they want; they educate you in what you’ve done.”

The “Hellraiser” franchise consists of other movies, plus multiple graphic novels and merchandise.

 

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