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Dimension, the horror arm of the Weinstein Company, have been trying to get a “Hellraiser” remake off the ground for eons now (or so it seems like). Nothing has come of all those efforts yet, which is good news if you’ve heard of some of their ideas, but it looks like things are now moving forward with none other than Barker himself once again involved.
Barker, in case you don’t know, wrote the original short story that the franchise is based on. He also wrote and directed the very first 1987 movie, so the fact that he has to get “invited” to write a screenplay for the reboot is a tad screwy, but that’s Hollywood for ya.
Writes Barker via 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
I like that Bradley is coming back as Pinhead. With make-up these days, there’s really no reason why he can’t keep playing the king of the Cenobites until he feels like hanging it up. After all, it’s not like Pinhead has to do back flips and “Matrix”-style kung fu action scenes, right? He just has to stand there and look awesome and talk in that “from the bowels of Hell” voice, which Bradley is ridiculously good at.
So, a “Hellraiser” remake with Clive Barker once again back in the fold? Sounds good to me. Now if he can only convince them to let him direct, too…