Like every other property in Hollywood, the Hellraiser franchise is getting rebooted as well.
Despite a loyal following, it was never the most popular of franchises, so the reboot has not been getting that much attention.
When the new film was first announced about a year ago, David S. Goyer was set to write and direct the film.
The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Goyer is no longer directing and that David Bruckner will now be the one calling the shots behind the camera. Bruckner’s previous horror work includes directing segments in the films V/H/S and Southbound.
But Goyer is not completely gone from the reboot. The story will still be by him.
What that means is still up in the air. It is not clear if the script will be written by him or if he just came up with the story and another writer takes over.
The original film was directed by Clive Barker and based on his novel The Hellbound Heart. A press release from producers said the adaption will be “loyal” to the book.
The one thing every horror franchise needs is an iconic looking villain and Hellraiser’s bad guy, Pinhead, fits the bill and is as recognizable as fellow modern horror monsters Freddy and Jason.
We already got a movie with Freddy and Jason. I wonder how much longer it will take for the property owners of all these franchises to get together and do a shared universe for horror films.