David Gordon Green’s rather eclectic career has found him tackling pretty much everything, from acclaimed indies such as George Washington to stoner comedies like Pineapple Express. But now he’s got both feet fully planted in the realm of horror, finding his most successful box office hit with 2018’s Halloween, which will be followed by the double-header of Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends. But he’s not leaving the genre after that, and will next take on another iconic horror franchise: Hellraiser.
THR reports that HBO has set into motion a Hellraiser series, with Green attached to direct the pilot and additional episodes assuming it gets picked up. Clive Barker’s novel The Hellbound Heart will serve as the basis, but of course, so will the extensive film series which began in 1987 and includes nine sequels. Hellraiser is the home of Pinhead, one of horror’s most recognizable movie villains.
Writers on the series include Mark Verheiden (Battlestar Galactica) and Michael Dougherty (Krampus).
If you’re wondering where David Goyer’s upcoming movie reboot fits into this…well, it doesn’t. These are two completely separate Hellraiser projects. That leads me to question whether there’s enough demand to support them both. My guess is the answer is “no” and it’ll be a race to see which one gets released first.
Green working with HBO isn’t that much of a surprise. The production company he shares with Danny McBride has already brought shows Eastbound & Down, Vice Principals, and The Righteous Gemstones to the network.