For a couple years now Hollywood has been in talks to continue the Hellraiser series, having resorted to a last-minute, rights-retention sequel entitled Hellraiser: Revelations back in 2011. Originally being produced and rebooted by Todd Farmer and Patrick Lussier (My Bloody Valentine 3D), the idea for a reboot of the film was scrapped and never came together, then handed off to The Collector minds Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, who did little to drum interest in a new mythology. The Hellraiser project now has new life thanks to the creator, Clive Barker; writer and director of the original 1987 film and author of the novel that inspired it.
According to Barker, Dimension has hired him to write, and potentially helm, the reboot, returning his vision to the universe, which had since been missing since severing his involvement in the franchise with Hellraiser III. Barker is making some bold promises to his audience stating that the reboot will not forget its roots from the first film.
The following was posted on Clive Barker’s Facebook:
“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.”
So there you have it folks. Not only does Barker seem to be extremely adamant about this project and its perfection, he’s pulled in the original Pinhead, Doug Bradley, for the film as well. It really does seem like Barker wants to keep his fans not only in the loop with the production, but almost as the force that drives the changes in the story. He seems to be using them as a grounds for decision making, which promises the perfect Hellraiser film for fans. With Clive Barker being serious about practical effects and not stunting the integrity of the film in CGI land, the new Hellraiser has a lot of promise. For all things in the Barker-verse and more, travel to DiaboliqueMagazine.com