Straight from the man’s mouth (technically his Facebook) – Clive Barker has officially announced that a Hellraiser remake is in the works.
“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 .”
Oh, are you’re worried it may not be as wonderfully violent as the original? Worry not. Per Clive –
“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. . .”
No official word on whether or not Doug Bradley will have any role in the reboot – but stay tuned to Gores Truly and Clive Barker’s Facebook for updates as soon as they’re available. And you can bet your ass some of the MurderHers will be there opening night with bells (and blood) on.