Spyglass' 'Hellraiser' Reboot Finds Its Writing/Directing Team (Exclusive)

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The filmmaking team behind Sundance Film Festival sensation The Night House are reuniting to tackle Spyglass Media’s reimagining of the horror classic Hellraiser.

David Bruckner, who directed Night House as well as sections of the horror anthologies V/H/S and Southbound, will helm the feature, which will have a screenplay by Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski.

David Goyer, one of the producers of Night House, is writing the story and producing via his Phantom Four banner alongside Keith Levine.

Hellraiser was written and directed by Clive Barker, adapting his own novella, The Hellbound Heart. The 1987 movie introduced audiences to a puzzle box that opens a gateway to a horrific world and Cenobites, mutilated beings dedicated to torture and led by one nicknamed Pinhead. The movie quickly achieved cult status, spawning a franchise that would encompass 10 movies, comics and merchandise, with Pinhead and his visage at the center of it all.

While details of Spyglass’ take were not revealed, the company is describing the reboot as “loyal, yet evolved.”

Spyglass, launched as a partnership between Gary Barber and Lantern Entertainment co-presidents Andy Mitchell and Milos Brajovic, also is developing a reboot of the 1990s horror franchise Scream.

Bruckner made his directing debut with the 2007 sci-fi horror film The Signal and recently helmed episodes of Creepshow. Collins and Piotrowski wrote the indies Super Dark Times and Stephanie. Their Night House, which starred Rebecca Hall as a widow dealing with her husband’s disturbing secrets, caused a stir in January at the Sundance Film Festival when Searchlight closed a $12 million deal to pick up worldwide rights.

Bruckner is repped by WME, Grandview and Ziffren Brittenham. Collins and Piotrowski are repped by Grandview and the Nord Group.