hellraiser rights

It’s been a surprisingly busy year for Hellraiser news (perhaps because we’re all trapped in hell). There’s a Hellraiser TV series in the works at HBO, with Halloween director David Gordon Green at the helm. And then there’s a Hellraiser reboot from filmmaker David Bruckner (The Night House). And now here’s perhaps the biggest Hellraiser news of all: the American rights to the franchise are now back in the hands of original creator Clive Barker.

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hellraiser tv series clive barker

The Hellraiser TV series is bringing back a familiar face, and I don’t mean Pinhead. Clive Barker, the original Hellraiser filmmaker and creator, is now on board as an executive producer for the HBO Hellraiser TV series being directed by David Gordon Green (Halloween). And it sounds like Barker will have actual involvement with the project and not just an honorary producer credit.

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Nightbreed tv series

It’s been 30 years since Clive Barker‘s Nightbreed hit theaters, and quite some time since we last heard an update about a developing TV series adaptation of the cult horror movie. But the project is rising from the dead once again with the news that Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Trick ‘r’ Treat director Michael Dougherty has been tapped to direct the Nightbreed TV series adaptation.

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books of blood

Clive Barker‘s Books of Blood, a six-volume series of short horror stories that helped turn Barker into one of the most famous names in horror fiction, is now a Hulu movie – and it’s coming very soon. Hulu will debut Books of Blood in October, just in time for your Halloween season viewing. It’s unclear which of Barker’s stories will be adapted for the Hulu film, but there are plenty to choose from (including a few that have already been turned into movies, like Rawhead Rex and The Midnight Meat Train). At one point, Hulu was developing the book as a TV series, but they’ve decided to go the film route instead.

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books of blood movie

Horror anthologies are all the rage on TV right now, so it’s curious that longtime Star Trek producer Brannon Braga is choosing to go in the opposite direction with Books of Blood – turning Clive Barker‘s horror anthology series into a feature film. But that is what is happening with Braga’s directorial debut, a Books of Blood movie adaptation coming to Hulu starring Anna Friel as a “brilliant, beautiful psychologist” who strikes up a connection with a self-described “ghost whisperer” (Rafi Gavron) after she loses her son to leukemia.

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hellraiser remake david goyer

David S. Goyer has such sights to show you. Like a Hellraiser remake. The Batman Begins screenwriter will write and produce a remake of Clive Barker‘s horror classic, marking the end of a very long journey to reboot the gore-drenched franchise. Barker’s original, released in 1987, centered on a puzzle box with the power to unleash demonic deviants from another dimension. It would go on to spawn many sequels, most of which were downright terrible.

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Candyman reboot director

The Jordan Peele-produced Candyman reboot has found its director. Nia DaCosta, who helmed the 2018 indie film Little Woods, will bring Candyman back to life with a new film that will both reboot the character and serve as a spiritual sequel. The original Candyman, released in 1992, was inspired by a short story from Clive Barker. Bernard Rose directed that take, starring Tony Todd as the hook-handed Candyman, and Virginia Madsen as a grad student studying the Candyman legend.

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Pinheads and Candymen: All Clive Barker Movies Ranked

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Last week was the 25th anniversary of Candyman, and one horrendous physical effect aside, it still holds up beautifully today. Key among its strengths is a trait shared through almost all of the fiction written by horror author Clive Barker and the films that bring his work to the screen – a wicked, dark, and endless imagination.

From the earliest of his features in 1985 to the latest in 2009, they’ve run the gamut from instantly forgettable to instant classic, and while the stories are varied, that common thread between them remains. He creates worlds both gorgeous and grotesque, sometimes on the same page or frame. Ideally, he’ll soon see an adaptation resurgence similar to the one Stephen King is currently enjoying.

Until then, though, there are nine legitimate Clive Barker movies that are based on his work or feature his direct involvement, not counting sequels, shorts, and outliers. (Quicksilver Highway is an anthology only partially based on his work, The Plague sees him attached only as a producer, and Saint Sinner borrows the name from one of his comics but uses nothing from the plot.) So while we daydream a Hulu series based on The Great and Secret Show, a Guillermo del Toro adaptation of the brilliant “In the Hills, the Cities,” or Barker’s overdue return to the director’s chair with a face-off between Pinhead and Harry D’Amour in The Scarlet Gospels, these are the movies we’re left with… So why not rank them?

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Weaveworld TV series

Weaveworld is one of Clive Barker‘s earlier novels; it’s a huge, super-weird fantasy story packed with magic, bizarre creatures and some unusual sex. Now there’s going to be a Weaveworld TV series, and Barker is an exec producer. But since the show is in development for The CW, some of the signature elements of Weaveworld, the novel, are probably going to have to go. Which ones? Well, based on the plot description we have at this point, it’s hard to tell, but we make some guesses below. Read More »

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RoboCop web series

Who would have guessed that the next version of RoboCop would be via a web series? The portal Machinima announced a slate of upcoming projects today, and among a couple of DC-related series and a strange effort from Clive Barker is a series that will explore the RoboCop world by showing us first-person action from the point of view of the title law enforcers. Given that Machinima started as something between the realms of gaming and film, that’s an interesting angle to take. Read more about the RoboCop web series, and all the other new Machinima projects below. Read More »