HBO has made a deal to develop a series from the classic horror franchise Hellraiser.
Halloween Kills director David Gordon Green is set to direct the pilot and several more initial episodes that brings to the small screen for the first time the iconic pincushion-headed villain who heads a group of pasty-faced villains sent from hell, known as the Cenobites.
The series will be written by Mark Verheiden, and Michael Dougherty.
Green, Verheiden and Dougherty will be executive producers alongside Farah Films’ Dan Farah, Vertigo Entertainment’s Roy Lee, along with Lawrence Kuppin and David Salzman and Panacea Entertainment’s Eric Gardner.
Rough House Pictures partners Green, Danny McBride, Jody Hill and Brandon James round out the EP team. Farah Films exec Andrew Farah, and Adam Salzman will also serve as co-exec producers on the project.
Deadline reported that;
“The idea is to create an elevated continuation and expansion of the well-established Hellraiser mythology. It is by no means a remake, but rather assumes the past mythology to be a given. The centerpiece remains Pinhead, the pin cushion-headed merciless leader of the Cenobites, the formerly humans-turned-demons that live in an extra-dimensional realm and are activated through a puzzle box called the Lament Configuration. The Cenobites come from hell to harvest human souls and keep balance between good and evil.”
The first Hellraiser film debuted in 1987, written and directed by Clive Barker and based on his novella The Hellbound Heart. Barker is not currently involved with the HBO project.
The HBO series is said to be completely unconnected to the upcoming Spyglass/David Bruckner reboot and will be the long-running franchise’s very first foray into the world of television.
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