Among the surprising news that always comes up every day in entertainment, we have rather unsurprising news as the Hulu reboot of Hellraiser received an R rating. It gained the rating for its graphic violence featuring blood and gore, language, sexual content, and brief graphic nudity.
David Bruckner will direct the relaunch of Hellraiser. The filmmaker has had a string of success in the genre with V/H/S, Netflix’s The Ritual, and most recently, The Night House with Rebecca Hall (Godzilla vs. Kong) and Sarah Goldberg (Barry). He is reuniting with The Night House writers Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski.
The role of Pinhead will be played by Jamie Clayton (Sense8). Hellraiser will also star Goran Visnjic (Santa Clarita Diet), Hiam Abbass (Succession), Drew Starkey (Outer Banks), Brandon Flynn (13 Reasons Why), and Odessa A’zion (Nashville).
Hellraiser Hulu reboot gets R rating
The new Hellraiser film will set itself apart by being a “loyal, yet evolved re-imagining” of the 1987 film. The writer and director of the original film, Clive Barker, will produce. David S. Goyer, Keith Levine, Marc Toberoff, and Andjelija Vlaisavljevic will also produce. Todd Williams will executive produce.
The reboot of Hellraiser is in an effort to relaunch the whole franchise. HBO is developing a series revolving around the character. David Gordon Green (Halloween) is set to direct the pilot along with an unknown amount of other episodes. Michael Dougherty (Trick ‘r Treat) and Mark Verheiden (Swamp Thing) will pen the series. Barker will executive produce that project.
There were four Hellraiser movies between 1987 and 1996. The franchise has grossed $48 million worldwide. With Hulu coming off the success of Prey, the streaming service is primed to have continued success in reviving struggling horror franchises, so the film could follow in the Predator’s bloody footsteps.
Neither Hellraiser project from Hulu nor HBO has release dates.