Sonar Entertainment proposes 'Hellraiser' TV series
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Sonar attempting to raise hell on television...
After the disappointment, and franchise killer, that was Hellraiser: Revelations (2001) - a film so bad that in response to the claim on the poster that it was “from the mind of Clive Barker” the man himself tweeted that “It’s not even from my butt-hole” - it seems we may not have seen the last of the Cenobites after all.
Sonar Entertainment, a company that has risen from the post-bankruptcy ashes of television movie and miniseries producer RHI Entertainment, have coupled with Eric Gardner’s Panacea Ent. to bring Pinhead and his leather-clad friends to the small screen in a weekly Hellraiser series. Though not yet green-lit, if and when it does go into production it might not be as hellish an idea as those of us who have suffered through numerous infernally inept sequels to Clive Barker’s original movie may initially think.
Those of a certain age may recall that way back in 1989, long before the current (and excellent) ongoing series from Boom! Studios which is co-written by Barker, Epic Comics released the first in what turned out to be a series of twenty (plus a few specials, including a Hellraiser Christmas Special that featured Pinhead as Santa on the cover - no, really) graphic novel type publications that each contained several stories set in the Hellraiser universe. These very collectible books featured a wide range of writers and artists including Bill Mumy (who as well as being a talented writer and artist was also Will Robinson in the classic Lost In Space series), Bernie Wrightson (who needs no introduction) and Clive Barker himself, and told a myriad of dark, adult tales involving puzzle boxes and other original takes on the Lament Configuration throughout history.
If the series follows Epic's lead and takes the anthology route, then Hellraiser on television could be a very interesting prospect indeed, and given the trend towards R-rated material in shows such as Spartacus: Blood And Sand and American Horror Story, and the fact that the series will be executive produced by Larry Kuppin whose New World Pictures were responsible for the first two Hellraiser pictures, then the twisted beauty of Barker's Cenobites could be realised on the small screen in all their bloody glory.
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