Hulu and Spyglass Media Group, LLC have opened the puzzle box and are unveiling its cast for the loyal, yet evolved re-imagining of Clive Barker’s 1987 horror classic, Hellraiser, it was announced today by Peter Oillataguerre, President of Production for Spyglass.
The horror film stars Odessa A’zion (Grand Army, Mark, Mary, & Some Other People) alongside Jamie Clayton (The L Word: Generation Q, Sense8), who portrays the iconic character Pinhead. Principal photography has already wrapped production.
Rounding out the cast are Brandon Flynn (13 Reasons Why, Ratched), Goran Visnjic (The Boys, ER), Drew Starkey (Outer Banks, Love, Simon), Adam Faison (Everything’s Gonna Be Okay, Into the Dark), Aoife Hinds (Normal People, Anne Boleyn), and Hiam Abbass (Blade Runner 2049, Succession).
Original creator Barker, alongside Marc Toberoff, have come aboard as producers, joining Phantom Four’s David S. Goyer and Keith Levine.
As previously announced, David Bruckner (The Night House, The Ritual) is directing from a screenplay by Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski (The Night House, Super Dark Times), with a story by Goyer.
“Next year marks the 35th anniversary since ‘Hellraiser’ first haunted our dreams,” said Oillataguerre. “It’s only fitting to come full circle in collaborating with Clive, the original creator and master of visionary horror. We look forward to working with our partners at Hulu in bringing this unique take on the original to new audiences.”
Bruckner added, “It’s been such an honor to have Clive onboard to help support and shepherd us through the incredible universe he created so long ago.
“Combined with a fearless and committed cast, including the amazing Jamie Clayton, who fully embodies the role as the Hell Priest, we’re aiming to create a very special new chapter in the ‘Hellraiser’ legacy.”
Goyer said, “From the moment I first read ‘The Hellbound Heart,’ Clive Barker became one of my literary heroes. His work is transgressive and completely redefined the horror genre. Under the guiding hand of David Bruckner, we’re going back to the source and taking our inspiration from that original novella.”
And Barker commented, “Having seen some of the designs from David Bruckner’s new ‘Hellraiser’ film, they pay homage to what the first film created, but then take it to places it’s never been before. This is a ‘Hellraiser’ on a scale that I simply didn’t expect. David and his team are steeped in the story’s mythology, but what excites me is their desire to honour the original even as they revolutionize it for a new generation.”
For over three decades, the Hellraiser franchise has reached “cult favorite” status with a universe that has spawned ten films, graphic novels and merchandise. The re-imagining of Hellraiser will debut exclusively in the U.S. on Hulu.
Oillataguerre and Chris Stone, Vice President of Production & Development are overseeing the film on behalf of Spyglass.