We've been hearing about a Hellraiser remake for years, but it has never gone anywhere. Dimension Films and producer Bob Weinstein just couldn't figure out the right approach for it. At one point, they hired Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer (My Bloody Valentine 3D) to write the script, but they should have known that wasn't the smartest decision for the film. My Bloody Valentine 3D sucked all kinds of ass.
For those of you who are fans of the Hellraiser franchise, you'll be happy to hear that the creator of it, Clive Barker himself, will now write the script for the film! He pitched his version of the remake to Dimension and Weinstein. They apparently loved his idea, and they even agreed to let Doug Bradley return to reprise his role as Pinhead!
Barker revealed the news on his Facebook page, saying:
HOT FROM HELL! My friends,I have some news which may be of interest to you. A few weeks ago I had a very productive meeting with Bob Weinstein of Dimension Pictures,in the course of which I pitched a remake of the first HELLRAISER film. The idea of my coming back to the original film and telling the story with a fresh intensity-honoring the structure and the designs from the first incarnation but hopefully creating an even darker and richer film-was attractive to Dimension. Today I have officially been invited to write the script based upon that pitch.
What can I tell you about it?
Well, it will not be a film awash with CGI. I remain as passionate about the power of practical make-up effects as I was when I wrote and directed the first HELLRAISER. Of course the best make-up in the world loses force if not inhabited by a first-rate actor. I told the Dimension team that in my opinion there could never be a Pinhead without Doug Bradley, and much to my delight Bob Weinstein agreed. So once the papers are signed, I will open a Lemarchand Configuration, dip my quill in its contents and start writing. I promise that there will be nowhere on the Internet where the news of my progress will be more reliable than here ,because the only author of these reports will be Your Infernal Corespondent ,me.
My very best wishes to you all,my friends. Clive.
It should be interesting to see what he has planned for this horror franchise. What better person to take it on than the man who brought Pinhead to life? I also love the fact that he wants to use practical effects to make the movie. That's something that people just don't do in horror films anymore.