A reboot of Clive Barker’s classic horror, Hellraiser, has been on the cards for years. Barker was often attached to the reboot, and there was even a time when he agreed that with today’s technology, he could influence a Hellraiser reboot that would look much better than his low budget, but superb original.
I adore the original Hellraiser, and some of the sequels were very good, but the original will always be the best, and the practical effects add to its unique horror charm. I guess Barker wanting to be involved in the remake was always going to be a plus, but the thought of some horrible CGI taking away part of what made the original great was always worrying.
Well, worry no more, for Barker has just announced on his Facebook page that he will be writing the Hellraiser reboot for Dimension Films, and will also be using practical effects over CGI. And the news gets better, Barker wants the original Pinhead himself, Doug Bradley, to return to the role!
Here is Barker’s official announcement:
“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.