While Videodrome remains exactly where it should be (in 1983; “Long live the new flesh!”), another flesh-fetish 80s horror franchise is in for a reboot. Clive Barker‘s Hellraiser, a 1987 original horror film that launched nine sequels, will be reimagined by Spyglass Media Group. They’ve tapped David S. Goyer (Batman Begins) to write the script and come aboard as a producer.
THR reports that the new take on the 30+ year-old material will also reimagine the iconic character of Pinhead, the Hell Priest played exceptionally well by Doug Bradley, and the Cenobites, extra-dimensional beings who were once human but have become twisted soldiers of Leviathan. Details are non-existent as to how the team will recreate Barker’s already rich and evocative mythology, or how exactly they’ll rejuvenate a 30-year-old franchise that has already churned out 10 films, but time will tell just how effective the new flesh is. The remake is reported as being on the fast track to production, bound for worldwide distribution whenever it’s ready.
“For generations, his (Barker’s) brilliantly twisted and imaginative Hellraiser haunted the minds of moviegoers with its searing imagery of Pinhead.”
Barber added that Goyer was the right storyteller to take on Barker’s legacy. Goyer also commented in a statement:
“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.”
Not much to go on, but with Stephen King classics being adapted left and right, surely there’s room for some more 80s horror in the broad scheme of things, no? But where King’s stories are often timeless, regardless of the time period they actually appear in, Hellraiser very much felt like a being of the 80s. I don’t know that the leather-bound S&M aesthetic will find mass appeal in this day and age (though it worked for 50 Shades, I guess), but we’ll find out soon enough. In the meantime, practice your puzzle-solving skills.