Another iconic horror film getting the remake? Yep. This time out, it appears that Hellraiser is to get the remake/reboot/reimagining treatment. The one good thing, though, is that Clive Barker is writing the script. Barker is, of course, the creator of the series.
Taking to his Facebook page, Barker said, “A few weeks ago I had a very productive meeting with Bob Weistein 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 – honouring 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.”
The horror icon added, “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 Weistein agreed. So once the papers are signed, I will start writing.”
So, Clive Barker and Doug Bradley, star of the original series, are set to return? That’s definitely a positive, in my eyes. Still, is a remake really needed? I do love Barker’s stuff, and his passion and intensity can never be questioned, so I’m willing to give this a chance.
Expect more as it develops.