Buried in a post on Variety regarding RHI Entertainment rebranding itself as Sonar Entertainment, is a tidbit about how the company is developing a series based on the cult horror franchise ‘Hellraiser.’
Sonar will be co-developing this new ‘Hellraiser’ series with Eric Gardner who will executive produce along with Larry Kuppin whose company, New World Entertainment, was behind the first two ‘Hellraiser’ films.
It seems like this new series may be in good hands as Stewart Till, the now chief executive of the rebranded company has stated:
“I’ve spent more time in film than in television, and I see that a lot of values of film, which are great writers, great directors, are becoming more and more relevant in television…The gap between an O.K. show and a great show is getting bigger and bigger and our obsession going forward will be to find high quality shows that people really want. If you look at our slate, you’ll see shows that have either a great brand name like ‘King Tut’ or ‘Hellraiser’ that arrive with a recognition, a build-in marketing platform and/or a great writer like ‘MPH’ with Steven E. De Souza.”
Now if you’re not familiar with this franchise, here’s a synopsis of what the show will be about:
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 Hellraiser will thrill audiences worldwide.
‘Hellraiser’ would certainly make for a good series and I can certainly see it as an anthology type of show in the same manner as FX’s ‘American Horror Story.’ The idea of focusing on different people who obtain the puzzle box and the Cenobites associated with it is perfect in a series format with Pinhead being the character that connects the stories all together.
There’s no network associated with this series yet or a director or production start date announced, but it’s still exciting news for all you ‘Hellraiser’ fans, don’t you think?