Announced back in April, HBO is currently developing a Hellraiser television series, with Halloween Kills director David Gordon Green 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.
Deadline reports tonight that Clive Barker himself has joined the Exec Producing team.
Notably, this is the first time Barker has had credited involvement with a Hellraiser adaptation since 1996’s Bloodline. Barker recently began legal proceedings to regain his rights to the Hellraiser franchise.
Barker said in a statement:
“[I’m] delighted the Hellraiser mythology is seeing a new life. It’s time the stories went back to their roots. I’m eager to bring to a new audience the most powerful and ancient elements of horror: the darkest evil invading our human lives and how we must find in ourselves the power to resist it.”
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.
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.