David S. Goyer is set to write and produce Spyglass Media Group’s re-imagining of Hellraiser, one of horrormeister Clive Barker’s best-known creations.
Released in 1987, Hellraiser told the story of an unfaithful wife who attempts to assist her dead lover in his escape from hell. The movie introduced viewers to a race of demons called Cenobites, most notably one nicknamed Pinhead, an enduring horror character who was summoned using an antique puzzle box.
Goyer is known for his screenwriting work on Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, as well as Man of Steel. His previous directing credits include 2004’s Blade: Trinity, the 2009 horror film The Unborn and episodes of Starz’s Da Vinci’s Demons, which he created.
As Spyglass resurrects Hellraiser, the studio will finance, develop and fast track the film for worldwide theatrical distribution. Spyglass chairman and CEO Gary Barber said Goyer was the right storyteller to turn Barker’s original vision for Hellraiser into a new theatrical experience.
“For generations, his (Barker’s) brilliantly twisted and imaginative Hellraiser haunted the minds of moviegoers with its searing imagery of Pinhead.” Barber added. Keith Levine will produce the Hellraiser redo alongside Goyer, under the Phantom Four banner.
Chris Stone, vp of development and production for Spyglass, will oversee the project. “Having the chance to reimagine Pinhead and the Cenobites for a new audience is a nightmare-come-true. Gary is a true fan as well, and we’re committed to making something dark and visceral,” Goyer, who is also showrunning the upcoming Foundation series at Apple, said in his own statement.
Goyer is repped by WME and John LaViolette.