Horror fans rejoice -- Clive Barker
is now officially writing Dimension Films' Hellraiser
The long-in-development project has seen a number of filmmakers attached over the past few years -- including Inside
's Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury as well as Martyrs
helmer Pascal Laugier -- but after a number of false starts, Dimension has hired the man who gave the world Pinhead
in the first place to relaunch the franchise.
Barker took to the Internet last night to break the news:
"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."
So, what can gorehounds like yours truly expect from a Barker remake? Lots of practical FX work and the return of Doug Bradley, for starters.
"It will not be a film awash with CGI. I remain as passionate about the power of practical makeup effects as I was when I wrote and directed the first Hellraiser. Of course the best makeup 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."
Bradley's return to the iconic character is a welcome thing -- and well earned. The actor suffered through all of Dimension's terrible Hellraiser sequels, save for 2011's especially dreadful Hellraiser: Revelations. If anyone deserves a shot at restoring the character of Pinhead to his former glory, it's Bradley.
Beyond that, we have no idea what Barker has in mind for this reboot, but given that he's the man who created this darkly terrifying mythology to begin with, it's hard to imagine the Hellraiser franchise being in better hands moving forward. Let's just hope that Barker can keep Dimension from tinkering with his vision...
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