‘Hellraiser’ Reboot Director Drops (Just A Few) Hints

Very little is known about the upcoming remake of 1987’s classic Hellraiser–and director David Bruckner only helped matters a little this week.

The reboot from Spyglass Media–the 11th installment in the franchise–looks to have little to do with the sequels, as reported by gamesradar.com, and will draw its inspiration from the original source material by Clive Barker. Which may prove to be a very good thing.

Bruckner was pretty close-mouthed during a recent interview, but did say the movie is “something we are actively working towards. And it is a joy and a dream for a filmmaker like me to dive into that world.”

All the director would say is that “we are aiming to be as true as we can to the original material. The Hellbound Heart (Barker’s novella that birthed the original film) is a primary source of inspiration, as well as the original film. It is something of a small reimagining, and we are currently working on it.”

This Hellraiser–written by Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski–is planned as an exclusive Hulu feature film event. No debut date has been announced at this time.

One cast member, as reported here in Horror News Network, is in place. Odessa A’Zion (Let’s Scare Julie) has signed on to play the lead role of Riley in the reboot. But some confusion sets in here, since the filmmakers reportedly wanted the female lead to play “a gender-swapped Pinhead.” So, where would that leave Doug Bradley, who portrayed Pinhead in eight of the 10 previous films? Stay tuned.

The original Hellraiser–written and directed by Barker–dealt with a mystical puzzle box which summoned the Cenobites, sadomasochistic beings who don’t know the difference between pain and pleasure. Their leader, of course, was Pinhead. Despite mixed reviews, the film was a box office smash, earning $14.6 million on a budget of just $1 million.

Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on this remake of Hellraiser on Hulu.

 

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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