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‘Dark Knight’ Writer Bringing Back Pinhead in ‘Hellraiser’ Reboot

May 7, 2019
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‘The Dark Knight’ writer David S. Goyer is bringing back the iconic character Pinhead in his reboot of the 1987 horror flick ‘Hellraiser.’ The reboot is produced by Goyer in association with Spyglass Media Group. According to THR, the upcoming movie will be “loyal, yet evolved reimagining of the franchise,” which means the three decades old Pinhead is coming back to unleash horror among modern viewers through his sadistic methods.

Released in 1987, ‘Hellraiser’ is a cult classic from horror master Clive Barker. The plot follows unfaithful wife and her desperate attempts to bring back her deceased lover from hell. Barker also introduced the brand new evil creatures called Cenobites, who were human beings once. A puzzle box leads the way to the hell of Cenobites where they torture human souls through sadomasochistic experiments. In the 1987 movie, Frank Cotton, played by Sean Chapman, escapes from the hell of Cenobites when his brother Larry, played by Andrew Robinson, opens the puzzle box by spilling his own blood.

Frank joins hands with Larry’s wife Julia, played by Clare Higgins, to regenerate his body using the blood of victims. When Larry’s daughter, Kirsty, played by Ashley Laurence, accidentally releases the Cenobites, they come after Frank. But he makes deal with them in exchange for Kirsty’s soul. But she solves the puzzle box and sends the demons back to hell. The 30-year-old franchise has 10 films to its credit between 1988 and 2018, with Doug Bradley’s memorable performance as the character of Hell Priest ‘Pinhead.’

‘Hellraiser’ original is based on Barker’s novella ‘The Hellbound Heart,’ which introduced the enduring horror of Pinhead, the character who was summoned using an antique magical box. “For generations, his (Barker’s) brilliantly twisted and imaginative Hellraiser haunted the minds of moviegoers with its searing imagery of Pinhead,” Spyglass chairman Gary Barber is quoted as saying in a Deadline report. He added that Goyer was the right storyteller to take on Barker’s legacy. Spyglass will finance, develop and fast track the reboot for global distribution.

Goyer describes the project as a nightmare-come-true. “Having the chance to reimagine Pinhead and the Cenobites for a new audience is a nightmare-come-true,” Goyer said in a statement. Goyer is known for Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dark Knight‘ trilogy, and ‘Man of Steel.’ He has also directed the 2004 movie ‘Blade: Trinity,’ 2009 horror flick ‘The Unborn’ and episodes of ‘Da Vinci’s Demons’ on Starz.

In March, Spyglass Media Group was re-launched as a content company by Barber, who was the former chief of MGM. Lantern Entertainment co-presidents Andy Mitchell and Milos Brajovic, Eagle Pictures and Cineworld Group are also joined the company.

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