The long-gestating “Hellraiser” reboot just ‘spiked’ this franchise-frowning clown’s interest. Seems Dimension have invited original “Hellraiser” scribe Clive Barker back to write the screenplay for the movie, but not only that they’ll be retaining the services of Doug Bradley as Pinhead. Obviously Bob and Harvey saw the returns on the Englund-less “Elm Street” remake.
Barker himself revealed the news on his Facebook page.
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.
The last “Hellraiser” film, “Hellraiser : Revelations”, ironically didn’t star series staple Bradley, nor did it involve Clive Barker, and – somewhat coincidentally? Nah – flopped like a roof-bound pancake.