It looks like the French duo of Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury (pictured, left) have walked off the remake of Clive Barker’s “Hellraiser”, or at least according to horror-movies.ca. Why? No one knows. This has yet to be confirmed, so it’s just a rumor for now. Fans of the originals are no doubt happy, perhaps hoping a higher power would stop this abomination, but having seen the original films, I have to admit, I think the franchise could use a remake. God knows the recent spate of direct-to-DVD sequels have been completely off-the-charts pointless, and the original sure looks dated nowadays.
First came word that the script written by Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury was being re-written by new writers because Dimension was unsatisfied with their draft. Now comes word that Bustillo Maury are officially OFF the project as Directors as well. Many media outlets are reporting that Dimension is now in search of a new direcor as Bustillo and Maury are no longer helming the remake of Clive Barkers classic.
It is uncertain if this is a move made by Dimension or by Bustillo/Maury, but obviously something fell apart on this project. I think the timing of the fallout is interesting as Bustillo/Maury’s film Inside is about to be released on DVD April 15th through Dimension Extreme.
Remakes. Sheesh. When will they cease? Not anytime soon, no doubt. I’m still waiting for some genius in Hollywood to remake the American version of “One Missed Call”, which was as remake of the Japanese movie of the same name, which was itself a remake of every Haunted Animated Object movie made in Asia since “The Ring”. Mark my words…