The first official Hellraiser photos for 20th Century Studios’ upcoming reimagining of Clive Barker’s 1987 horror classic have finally been revealed (via EW). The film is scheduled to make its debut on October 7.
The photos give us our first look at Jamie Clayton’s version of Pinhead along with the other main characters of the film. One of the photos also teases the introduction of a brand new Cenobite called The Masque.
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During an interview with the same outlet, director David Bruckner clarified that the upcoming Hulu film won’t be a remake of the original, but instead is a new story in the expanding Hellraiser universe.
“This is not a remake,” Bruckner said. “I just didn’t think you could ever remake the original Hellraiser. It’s too much its own thing and it would be, I think, perilous territory for filmmakers, because how do you top that? This is a new story in the Hellraiser universe.”
The newest Hellraiser movie is directed by David Bruckner (The Ritual, The Nighthouse) from a screenplay written by Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski, based on the story treatment by David S. Goyer. The ensemble cast includes Odessa A’zion, Jamie Clayton, Adam Faison, Drew Starkey, Brandon Flynn, Aoife Hinds, Jason Liles, Yinka Olorunnife, Selina Lo, Zachary Hing, Kit Clarke, with Goran Visnjic and Hiam Abbass.
“In the film, a young woman struggling with addiction comes into possession of an ancient puzzle box, unaware that its purpose is to summon the Cenobites, a group of sadistic supernatural beings from another dimension,” reads the synopsis.
The film is produced by Goyer, Barker, Marc Toberoff, and Chris Stone, with Gary Barber, Peter Oillataguerre, and Todd Williams serving as executive producers. It is a production by Spyglass Media Group.
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The Hellraiser franchise is based on Clive Barker’s horror novella titled The Hellbound Heart. Released in 1987, the first film originally told the story of an unfaithful wife who attempts to assist her dead lover in his escape from hell. Pinhead is the franchise’s villain, who leads the sadomasochist demons called Cenobites, who are summoned through an antique puzzle box. Due to its cult following, it was then followed by nine more sequels.
The upcoming film isn’t the only one currently in the works as HBO is also developing a series adaptation of Hellraiser, with Clive Barker attached to executive produce, and David Gordon Green set to direct several episodes.