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:
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.