DARK KNIGHT Screenwriter David Goyer To Reboot HELLRAISER Franchise

Screenwriter David Goyer will have such sights to show us. (Hopefully.)

The Dark Knight scripter is teaming with Spyglass media Group to reboot the cult classic Hellraiser franchise. Goyer will be both producing and writing the project.

Based on the Clive Barker novella The Hellbound Heart, the film centers on a married couple (Andrew Robinson and Clare Higgins) who inadvertently bring about the resurrection of the husband’s dead brother whose return also paves the way for a group of demons called Cenobites, led by imposing, and aptly named, Pinhead (Doug Bradley). It is up to the husband’s daughter from his first marriage (Ashley Laurence) to figure out a mysterious puzzlebox in order to banish the Cenobites back to Hell.

The film captured the imagination of horror fans with its unique mythology of the Cenobites and their sadomasochistic philosophy. The franchise would eventually spawn nine sequels – three released theatrically, the rest direct to home video – as well as a number of comic book spinoffs.

Goyer has a long track record for horror genre projects, stretching all the way back to 1992’s Pet Semetary Two. Over the years he penned the screenplays for the Blade trilogy, adapting the Marvel Comics vamperic anti-hero, the franchise mashup Freddie Vs Jason as well as the two Ghost Rider films, which featured another of Marvel Comics’ horror-tinged superheroes. Additionally, he wrote the early drafts for Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy as well as the screenplays for Zack Snyder’s Man Of Steel and Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.

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