Fans of 80s and 90s horror, rejoice! For Hellraiser’s television rights have finally been consolidated and a TV adaptation is now on the horizon! Via Deadline:
It producer Roy Lee and Ready Player One producer Dan Farah have positioned themselves to bring to the small screen for the first time Hellraiser, the iconic horror franchise anchored by the malevolent straight-out-of-hell villain, Pinhead. Those producers have joined forces with producer-rightsholders Lawrence Kuppin, David Salzman and Eric Gardner, who have controlled those TV rights since New World was sold in 1989.
The intention is to use the mythology established in the movie franchise and the Clive Barker novella The Hellbound Heart as a launch pad for a new series that could be anthology, or a more traditional narrative. The producers are underway with a search for a writer-showrunner, before setting it at a network or streamer, at a time when horror is performing strongly.
With the popularity of shows like American Horror Story, The Haunting of Hill House, Stranger Things, and The Terror, it seems like turning Hellraiser into a show is a no-brainer. After all, there is a lot of potential with the concept of the Cenobites, portals to hell, and all that jazz.
It seems like a hard-core horror show would be a great fit for a streaming service that doesn’t have to worry about graphic violence, gore, or language. Probably the worst case scenario is seeing this show end up some some basic cable channel where it can’t really meet its full potential. But now that every major studio and network is trying to create their own streaming service, Hellraiser probably has a lot of options on where to land.
What do you think of this news? Are you excited for a Hellraiser series? Where would you like to see the show end up? Let us know in the comments!