Clive Barker Hired to Write the 'Hellraiser' Reboot for Dimension Films

October 25, 2013
Source: Clive Barker


Over two years ago, Dimension Films was working on a reboot of the horror series Hellraiser, but the film from Todd Farmer and Patrick Lussier (of My Bloody Valentine 3D and Drive Angry 3D) didn't come together. Some concept art surfaced online but the project was abandoned. But the project has new life again as ShockTilYouDrop noticed an update on the Facebook page of Clive Barker, the writer and director of the original 1987 film, saying that Dimension had hired him to write the reboot now. And he promises it won't be a reboot that forgets the roots of the first film, both in practical filmmaking and story.

Barker posted the following on Facebook:

"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."

That's right, Doug Bradley will be back as Pinhead to appease all the horror fans out there. This is probably about the best news that fans of the Hellraiser series could hope for. However, we should all be wary because this is still a reboot, and it's going to be hard to to the original. At the very least, maybe this will get a new generation of horror fans and cinephiles to go back and watch the original films and get hooked on them as well. Dimension Films is just now beginning this project though, so we'll see how fast Barker can get it together, and who ends up behind the camera to bring it to life. Sound good?

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I never really liked Hellraiser, but maybe that shows that it was a good horror film.

Carpola on Oct 25, 2013


it certainly made a mark on me. it has a genuine sense of dread running throughout and obeys its own cold logic. the practical fx were impressive, plus it had Doug Bradley in an articulate and nuanced central performance that made the story all the more unnerving. and then it all spiralled rapidly into the law of diminishing sequels. so to hear that Bradley and practical fx are promised is nice and everything, but seriously, Barker is writing his own reboot because...? it's like Wes Craven producing remakes of his own films.

son_et_lumiere on Oct 25, 2013


a while back the 2 people who made the french film inside were supposed to be doing a remake w/ barkers blessing. this never happened. i wish it had.

michael gazo on Oct 25, 2013


Me too, too.

cuckoozey on Oct 26, 2013


"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" This is the usual talk, let's hope we get the walk. We don't always for reboots. Same goes double for the CGI statement.

OfficialJab on Oct 25, 2013


well now, if you are going to do a remake, this is the only way to do it... orginal author, original lead characters.... this is one remake I will be sure to see....way to go Mr. Barker...

nomad82 on Oct 25, 2013


Well played Mr. Barker.

grimjob on Oct 25, 2013


I've heard the "we love practical effects" talk before and CG was everywhere. We'll see. And this better be R-rated.

cobrazombie on Oct 26, 2013


The best news I heard all weekend! Hellbound was my fav but I think the first 1 could use a touchup with some better effects here an there. As long as they keep an adult tone and no stupid teenagers being offed this could be awesome. I'm already making popcorn !

Christopher Philip Cinquegrano on Oct 26, 2013


Hellraiser again! Brought to you by the people who made the first one...again.

Jimmy Love on Oct 26, 2013

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