‘Hellraiser’ Television Rights Acquired by Roy Lee and Dan Farah

by Mark McCurley

Pinhead once said, “We have such sights to show you,” this is especially true now since according to Deadline producers Roy Lee (IT 2017) and Dan Farah (Ready Player One) have attained the rights to bring Clive Barker’s Hellraiser to the small screen for the first time ever.

Lee and Farah have joined forces with producers and rights-holders Lawrence Kuppin, David Salzman and Eric Gardner, who have held those TV rights since New World Entertainment was sold in 1989.

Now that a deal has been made, their intention is to use the mythos established in the films and the original Barker novella The Hellbound Heart as a kickoff for a new series that could be in an anthology or serialized format.

Currently, the producer team is on a search for a writer and showrunner before finding a home at a network or streaming service. This comes at a time when horror is performing strongly both in theaters and home viewing formats.

The original film was the story of Frank Cotton, a man who inadvertently opens a portal to Hell when he buys and solves a strange puzzle box after a trip abroad in Morocco. This act of curiosity summons macabre beings called Cenobites, creatures who themselves were once human but consumed by the temptation of the box and inflict unimaginable pain and torture on the opener. Their leader is Pinhead, who became the disturbing face of the 10-film series.

In addition, the franchise included a book anthology, comic books, apparel, Halloween costumes and licensed products all over the world.

The film rights are controlled separately by Spyglass, which is not part of the TV deal.

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