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Spyglass and David Bruckner's film reboot of Clive Barker's Hellraiser is skipping theaters and will be heading straight to Hulu. Plot details are still unknown, but the film will be based on Barker's iconic novella The Hellbound Heart and the 1987 film adaptation. The series generally centers around Pinhead and his group of extra-dimensional, sadomasochistic beings known as the Cenobites as they unleash mayhem upon those unfortunate enough to come across a puzzle box known as the Lemarchand Configuration.

On the heels of the critically-derided attempts at adapting Rawhead Rex and Underworld, Barker took it upon himself to step into the director's chair to bring Hellraiser to life, and the result was initially mixed critically but a commercial success, growing over $14 million against its $1 million budget. This success spawned nine sequels, all of which received progressively lower reviews and lower box office returns until shifting to direct-to-video releases beginning with the fifth installment. Following the success of the Halloween reboot, the feature reboot of Hellraiser was announced, followed shortly after by the reveal that David Gordon Green was developing a series adaptation with HBO alongside Mark Verheiden and Michael Dougherty.

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After first announcing the project's development in early 2020, Bloody Disgusting has brought word that Bruckner's Hellraiser film reboot will be coming directly to Hulu instead of heading to theaters. While its new home has been confirmed, details regarding the film's plot and production cycle are still unknown as of this time. Now that the project has a set studio outside of Spyglass, funding will likely come swiftly, and everything else falls into place in the coming months.

Though some audiences might be disappointed at not seeing the latest franchise entry on the big screen, Hulu actually could be a perfect home for the next Hellraiser. While Books of Blood might not have been a masterpiece, it did show the streaming platform's willingness to explore Barker's source material in a terrifying and uncensored fashion. New plot details would undoubtedly help illuminate some semblance of the film's vision for Barker's material. Still, with Hulu seeming to allow creators a lot of freedom to tell their stories (even darker ones) alongside a revitalized Spyglass, there shouldn't be too many concerns about the project.

Not to mention the creative trio of Bruckner and screenwriters Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski at the helm, whose previous efforts of Super Dark Times and the forthcoming The Night House have indicated a firm grip on the genre at the very least. The most significant vote of confidence about the Hellraiser reboot will come from Barker himself, who hasn't been afraid to express his displeasure for a number of the sequels. Audiences will have to sit back and wait to see how the golden puzzle box aligns in the coming months.

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