With so many reboots, prequels, sequels and franchises dominating the conversation, it's nice when something new comes along. Something we've never seen before is obviously the best case scenario, but even that's not necessary anymore. Just show me something kind of new. Hell, you could even mash up two things I've definitely seen before, and as long as the combination's mildly interesting, I'll probably be on board.
With Hell Bent, I am very much on board. As reported by Deadline:
The Hallow director Corin Hardy has made a deal to direct Hell Bent, the Mike Finch-scripted action film that is a priority project for Paramount Picturesand is easiest described as Dirty Dozen Goes To Hell.
In Hell Bent, a group of mercenaries imprisoned in a Brazilian jail are murdered and led into the depths of hell by a priest who wishes to use their skills to kill Satan before he brings hell to Earth.
Mercenaries fighting through hell to assassinate Satan? Yes, I will absolutely watch that. Of course the movie I'm picturing is probably way better than Hell Bent will end up being (my version has an A-list cast, gigantic guns, grotesque creature effects, and...well, it's basically a total rip-off of Aliens, now that I'm thinking about it), but there's plenty of potential here.
Deadline also says the production is "a throwback to how studios once built franchises", which they define as "designed to cost $60 million or under" and "not dependent on big stars, but on an ensemble of 'next' hot guys" (this, of course, is precisely the strategy Richard Linklater used when creating the Everybody Wants Some!!! shared universe).
We've got no further information on Hell Bent at the moment, but you can rest assured we'll be on the lookout for updates.