Clive Barker & Doug Bradley Reunite for Hellraiser Remake

The long-mooted Hellraiser remake has been mired in, well, development hell for years.  Bob Weinstein at Dimension Films has struggled to find the right approach, fielding pitches from various writers all over town.

Originally, Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer (My Bloody Valentine 3D) were the men for the job.  Then the project languished, the duo moved on and the search for replacements began.

Today, Clive Barker himself took to Facebook to bring his fans some very interesting news: Barker is going to write the remake himself based on his pitch to Dimension and Weinstein has agreed to let Doug Bradley return to reprise his role as Pinhead.  And I think this is the perfect time for him to toy with some cenobites on the big screen again.  I’ll explain inside…

Here is Barker’s update:

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. Clive.

There you have it…  Thoughts?  Use your comment boards to sound off.  Hopefully there’s nothing that gets in the way of those aforementioned papers that need to get signed because I’m delighted to see Barker return to that universe.  

I think he’s ready.

He’s been tinkering with the Hellraiser mythology via the comic book medium for a bit and he just completed “The Scarlet Gospels” – the novel that sees Pinhead meet Harry D’Amour.  That novel has been in the works for years and Barker only recently revealed he turned it in to his publisher.  Perhaps, between the comics and the novel, he has been reinvigorated by the notion of slipping into Pinhead’s skin and giving him a voice one more time.

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