“The L Word” star Jamie Clayton will portray the iconic horror villain Pinhead in a new take on the 1987 film “Hellraiser” that’s set up at Spyglass Media Group and Hulu.
Also announced as part of the cast on Thursday are Odessa A’zion, who will star alongside Clayton, as well as Brandon Flynn, Goran Visnjic, Drew Starkey, Adam Faison, Aoife Hinds and Hiam Abbass in supporting roles.
The “Hellraiser” franchise’s original creator, Clive Barker, is returning to the new film as a producer alongside Marc Toberoff, as well as Phantom Four’s David S. Goyer and Keith Levine.
Barker wrote and directed the original film from 1987 based on his own novella about a puzzle box that summons a race of inter-dimensional beings who cannot tell the difference between pain and pleasure. Doug Bradley played “Pinhead” in the original films.
Directing “Hellraiser” is David Bruckner (“The Night House”), who is working from a screenplay by Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski with a story by Goyer.
Principal photography has now wrapped on the new “Hellraiser,” and Hulu will release the film in the U.S.
“Next year marks the 35th anniversary since ‘Hellraiser’ first haunted our dreams. 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,” Spyglass president of production Peter Oillataguerre said in a statement.
“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,” Bruckner 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,” Goyer added
“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,” Barker said.
Oillataguerre and Chris Stone, VP of production and development, will oversee the film on behalf of Spyglass.