I’m still not sure why they’re remaking Clive Barker’s “Hellraiser” instead of just continuing the franchise with additional sequels. All they would have to do is NOT call the sequels sequels, and instead just kept making new “Hellraiser” movies. Heck, it’s not like the last half dozen sequels had anything to do with the original anyways, so why go back to the beginning for a reboot? But hey, who am I to question Hollywood’s insatiable appetite to pointlessly remake movies. Anyways, we already know that French directors Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (“Inside”) have been attached to write and direct the remake, and now The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed it. Hmm, should I be slightly amused that the net reported this nearly two weeks before the “big boys” did? Slightly.
Released in 1987, “Hellraiser” told the story of an unfaithful wife who attempts to assist her dead lover in his escape from hell. The movie introduced viewers to a race of demons called Cenobites, most notably one nicknamed Pinhead — who became one of the most enduring horror characters of the decade — who was summoned using an antique puzzle box.
Based on Barker’s critically acclaimed novella “The Hellbound Heart,” “Hellraiser” was written and directed by Barker and spawned a lucrative film franchise.
Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo sent this note to fans who may be decrying their remake:
“No tears, please; it’s a waste of good remaking!”
Yeah, that’s the way to get into the fanbase’s good gracious, boys — by mocking them? Slick, boys, slick.
They also mention that they have Clive Barker’s approval to remake the movie, which is being fast-tracked for a pre-strike 2008.