‘Hellraiser’ HBO Series Still On The Drawing Board

The classic Hellraiser property is being resurrected under two different umbrellas, and while the film version recently wrapped, the TV series…not so much.

The David Bruckner-led Hellraiser feature–slated for a Hulu release–has completed shooting, but the HBO Max TV adaptation is still under development, according to a report on Entertainment Weekly, and is inching ahead more slowly.

David Gordon Green–the man behind the current Halloween trilogy–is on board to direct several episodes of the TV series, and he shed very little light on the project during a recent interview.

“We’ve got it over at HBO,” Green said. But, he added, the show “is not in script form yet. But it’s being developed.”

The show, according to reports, is “by no means a remake, but rather assumes the past mythology to be a given.” The series is expected to be “an elevated continuation of the existing Hellraiser mythology.”

Green commented on the fact that two unrelated versions of the same horror franchise are in the works at the same time. “It’s going to be fascinating,” he said, “because it’s a different platform, different concept, but the same property. I’m not sure where that ends up, but I’m very curious.”

Franchise creator Clive Barker is serving as executive producer on both projects, with the HBO Max series being written by Michael Dougherty (Trick ‘r Treat) and Mark Verheiden (Ash vs Evil Dead).

The original 1987 Hellraiser–written and directed by Barker and based on his 1986 novella The Hellbound Heart–involves a mystical puzzle box which summons the Cenobites, led by the infamous Pinhead. The film–which spawned nine sequels–earned $14.6 million on a $1-million budget.

Keep reading Horror News Network for all updates on these Hellraiser projects.


Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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