Hot on the heels of the news that Clive Barker is developing a TV series based on his 1990 film Nightbreed , we hear that another Barker franchise, Hellraiser , is also heading for the small screen, though presumably this time without the author’s involvement.
According to Variety , Sonar Entertainment and executive producer Larry Kupin are developing Hellraiser: The Series . Kupin was involved with New World, the production company that made Hellraiser (1987) and Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988).
A Sonar press release announces: “One of the most successful (and terrifying) franchises in film history is ready for its weekly television debut. For over 25 years, fans have followed the exploits of an insidious villain named Pinhead, summoned from a nightmarish underworld by an ancient puzzle box. He will seduce you with power and tempt you with fear, until your soul belongs to him. Now, for the first time, a weekly series set in the fantastic realm of H e llraiser will thrill audiences worldwide.”
Yeah, well, we’ll be the judges of how thrilling it is. If it’s an HBO-style show, then there’s the potential for something really extraordinary. But it probably won’t be.