A few days back, we passed along word that Spyglass’ Hellraiser reboot snagged Ritual and The Night House director David Bruckner. And today Bruckner took to Twitter to let us all know that he promises not to hold back.
Bruckner will helm from a screenplay written by Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski. Spyglass describes the reboot as “loyal, yet evolved.” David Goyer (Blade, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) is writing the story and producing with Keith Levine.
The original film centered on sexual deviant Frank (Sean Chapman) who inadvertently opens a portal to hell when he tinkers with a box he bought while abroad. The act unleashes gruesome beings called Cenobites, who tear Frank’s body apart. When Frank’s brother (Andrew Robinson) and his wife, Julia (Clare Higgins), move into Frank’s old house, they accidentally bring what is left of Frank back to life. Frank then convinces Julia, his one-time lover, to lure men back to the house so he can use their blood to reconstruct himself.
The film sports a 70% approval rating over on Rotten Tomatoes with a Critics Consensus that reads: Elevated by writer-director Clive Barker’s fiendishly unique vision, Hellraiser offers a disquieting – and sadistically smart – alternative to mindless gore.