Here we have some good news about the long gestating Hellraiser reboot. It appears that Clive Barker, writer and director of Hellraiser, as well as the novella the film was based on, The Hellbound Heart, is attached to write the script for the reboot. Not only that, mind you, but he has mentioned that Doug Bradley will also return as Pinhead! From Barker’s Facebook page:
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
When asked in the comments of the above post about the rating, Barker took the time to reply and offer a little tidbit about his next directing project:
As questions are asked I’ll do my best to answer them,though as you all know making movies is a volatile art,and things seldom remain fixed. One question regarding the rating has been asked. I asked it too,and Dimension confirmed that they are purely interested in an R rated picture.Somebody else asked why I’m not writing something original. The answer is that I am.After HELLRAISER I intend to write and direct a completely new horror movie,which will mingle graphic horror and erotic content,to create an unrated film which will push the envelope of extreme content further than ever…
So, there you have it, straight from the fingers of the creator of Hellraiser himself.
There’s a lot to get excited about here. First, the fact that Clive Barker is coming back to the franchise after watching it go to straight to video hell is exciting. The focus on practical effects is also great news. Of course, having Doug Bradley reprise the role of Pinhead is awesome (Bradley skipped the last film, Hellraiser: Revelation). Let’s hope this all works out.
Now, let’s ponder what this new horror movie could be . . .Coming from the mind of Barker, one thing is for sure, it will be unique and interesting.
Barker is a unique voice in cinema, as well as his writings and artwork. He has been away from filmmaking for far too long and I cannot wait to see what he has in store for us.