HBO is set to develop a new television series based on the long-running horror franchise, Hellraiser.
The Hellraiser franchise is perhaps one of the longest-running horror series in history. The first film, Hellraiser, was released in 1987 and was written and directed by Clive Barker, based on his own novella, The Hellbound Heart. Since then, the franchise has produced a total of nine additional films of varying quality.
The Hellraiser series focuses on a puzzle box that, when solved, opens a door to another dimension. This dimension is a warped one where perceptions of sexual pleasure and pain are the same and populated by creatures known as the cenobites who bring those who solve the box to take part in their experiments for all eternity. The first film focuses on a man named Frank who escaped this world and used his brother’s wife to regenerate his ruined body. A full reboot is currently in development at Spyglass Media. However, it seems that HBO will be taking a crack at the franchise as well.
According to Deadline, HBO is set to develop a new series based around the Hellraiser franchise. Halloweem (2018) director David Gordon Green is set to direct some of the series’ episodes with Godzilla: King of Monsters director Michael Dougherty and Swamp Thing writer Mark Verheiden penning the series. The series will not function as a full reboot but as something that will expand upon the Hellraiser lore that has already been established. The Hellraiser series will reportedly have no connection to the upcoming film reboot.
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