Lussier, Farmer aboard Hellraiser remake


They might have misplaced their boarding pass to Haddonfield (they wrote a draft of “Halloween 3D” for the same crowd but ultimately couldn’t fit it in before the”Drive Angry” juggernaut hits; believe they’re no longer involved in that particular project) but inseparable horror duo Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer, collaborators on “Drive Angry” and “My Bloody Valentine”, have snagged a seat at the Cenobite ball.

According to Collider, Lussier will direct the long-gestating “Hellraiser” remake with Farmer on scripting duties. The project reunites Lussier with Dimension, with whom he worked on “Dracula 2000” and it’s two sequels with.

Earlier in the week Bloody Disgusting reported that Christian E.Christiansen was actually onboard the project with Amber Heard set to star. While it’d seem Christiansen is no longer onboard the film (maybe he was attached until the Lussier/Farmer team came into play?), there’s still a strong chance that Amber Heard may be the film’s star – after all, she’s the female lead of the boys’ latest project, “Drive Angry”.

But, early days yet.

A remake of ”Hellraiser” was first announced in 2007, with Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury set to direct. Production was moved back for a 2009 release, and Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan (of “Feast” fame) were hired to write the screenplay. Bustillo and Maury later left the project, and Pascal Laugier was recently reported as being in the running to take the helm.

Laugier had grand plans for the film. In 2008 he told Aint it Cool, “We’ll get the chance to have much more money than even Clive had in the first film, so it will be of course more epic, it will be bigger, and I hope that it won’t be softer. And right now I trust the guys in Dimension [Films] You know? It’s all a matter of human relationship. I talk a lot with Bob Weinstein, he cares about the projects, he’s a movie buff, he knows a lot about cinema. But at the same time he’s Bob Weinstein and he’s a very realistic money maker. So it will be a battle, and I hope that a balance will be found so the film will be close to my vision. What can I say? I’m not sure. I can’t sign with my blood that I’m gonna achieve…”

“Hellraiser”, based on the book by Clive Barker, and first adapted for the screen in 1987, tells of Frank, a sexual adventurer in search of new carnal pleasures, who purchases a mysterious Chinese puzzle box while visiting an unnamed Third World country. Back home in England, he opens the box only to discover that he has unlocked the door to hell. Frank is pulled into another dimension, whose inhabitants, known as Cenobites, push him over the fine line between pleasure and pain by ripping him apart with tiny fish hooks. Years later, Frank’s brother, Larry, moves his family into the house–to which, through some blood spilled on the attic floor, Frank returns in near-skeletal form. With the help of sister-in-law Julia–with whom he once had an affair–Frank begins sucking the life out of bodies in order to regenerate to his old form. Meanwhile, Larry’s daughter from a previous marriage, Kirsty (Ashley Laurence), begins to suspect her hated stepmother of having an affair, and to her horror becomes involved with Frank, the puzzle box and the Cenobites.

Victor Garcia is currently filming “Hellraiser : Revelations”, the ninth film in the original “Hellraiser” series. Despite it’s rapidly rising rep as a quick and cheap sequel, shitty it will be not, says the filmmaker.

“The only thing I can say about the story is that”, Garcia tells Bloody Disgusting, “…I know there’s a huge concern from all the fans that are talking about it and saying it’s not gonna be a great movie. Which I completely understand, because a lot of people are waiting for a remake, in which you treat the franchise in the way it deserves. But what I can say is that…I’ve been keeping everything [effects-wise] practical, and that it’s as much a throwback as an ’80s feeling as I’ve been able to. And I’ve tried to make sure that that was the case, because I love ‘Hellraiser’. I just wanted to [give it the treatment] I think that it deserves. Even when we had a low budget and a short period of time to complete the movie.”