It’s been a year since Clive Barker started talking about his plans to pen his ‘Hellraiser‘ remake. While we know his plans to bring back his iconic horror creation Pinhead back to the big screen included his continued use of practical effects over CGI and Doug Bradley returning to the role, we didn’t know much beyond that.
So what does Barker have in mind for rebooting the series that marked his directorial debut?
Barker has finished the second draft of the film that will reboot and expand upon the story seen in the original ‘Hellraiser’ (and which was created in Barker’s novella The Hellhound Heart). A few details are below, thanks to the author.
“I think the phrase is ‘reboot,’ although I’ve never really understood what that meant. I wanted to make sure we sounded some fresh notes. The movie actually begins on Devil’s Island. I wanted to fold into the Hellraiser narrative something about the guy—the Frenchman Lemarchand—who made the mysterious box, which raises Pinhead. I figured, ‘Well, what would have happened to him?’ He might well have been taken to Devil’s Island [a penal colony] and I thought that would be a pretty cool place to start the movie. We’re waiting for Bob to come back to us and see when we’re going to actually make the movie.”
In the original novella, Lemarchand isn’t the only one to have found a way to communicate with the Cenobites and was even on screen in the last theatrical released installment of the film, ‘Hellraiser IV: Bloodline.’ Keep in mind the five films released since that time which were direct to disc sequels. There hasn’t been word yet as to if Barker’s return to the franchise in a quasi-reboot fashion will encourage the Weinsteins to bring this one out on the big screen.
If this takes off though, it is doubtful that we’ll be seeing the last of the newly reformed ‘Hellraiser’ universe and we may even see Barker in the director’s chair down the line. “We’ve got some really cool things coming down the pike,” he hinted. “They’re movies which I’m able to watch over as a producer rather than as a director, [but] each time another thing gets added to the rest of the things that we’re doing, I get more tantalized by the idea of actually doing it as a director myself. So, I don’t think I’ll wait too long until I sign on for something myself.”
Are you willing to see Pinhead return to the big screen if it’s under Barker’s hand? Or is this a franchise that should be left in the Hellish dimension that the Cenovites came from?
Source: Slash Film