Clive Barker is reportedly working on a Hellraiser remake for Dimension Films.
The mastermind behind the classic horror flick was reportedly approached by Bob Weinstein about possibly re-imagining the flick for a whole new generation. Clive Barker also explained that star Doug Bradley is in talks to reprise his role as the villainous Pinhead.
News of the proposed Hellraiser reboot arrived courtesy of the man himself. Barker surprised fans by announcing the project on his official Facebook page.
“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,” Clive Barker explained.
In addition to spilling the beans about the proposed Hellraiser movie, the acclaimed author and filmmaker also discussed what fans can expect from the reboot. According to Clive Barker, folks won’t have to worry about seeing Pinhead surrounded by gimmicky computer-generated images.
“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,” Barker wrote on Facebook.
He continued, “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 start writing.”
Fans of the franchise are no doubt extremely happy with Clive Barker’s decision to return to the Hellraiser world. The quality of the series has steadily declined over the past several years. The last installment, Hellraiser: Revelations, was easily the worst installment thus far.
Instead of bringing star Doug Bradley back for the latest sequel, writer Gary J. Tunnicliffe and director Victor Garcia cast Stephan Smith Collins in the role of Pinhead. Not surprisingly, the flick didn’t click with longtime fans of the series. The movie presently has an Internet Movie Database score of 2.8.
Clive Barker’s original Hellraiser movie debuted back in 1987. Starring Ashley Lawrence and Andrew Robinson, the film told the story of a woman (Clare Higgins) who attempts to resurrect her dead lover. Her scheme draws the attention of the sado-masochistic Cenobites, beings who aren’t too happy about his escape from Hell.
Are you a fan of Clive Barker? What do you think about his return to the Hellraiser series?