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Pascal Talks ‘Hellraiser’ AND ‘Martyrs’ Remakes

Last year we were excited about Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury (the directors of INSIDE) getting behind the camera of Dimension’s planned Hellraiser remake. After they left the project, we lost all interest… until we saw Martyrs. When we broke the news that director Pascal Laugier would be bringing Pinhead back to the big screen, we immediately found ourselves excited again. Hopefully he can put his stamp on the film without the Weinstein’s trampling all over it. Beyond the break you can read about his ambitions and promises for the remake, while he also reveals that Dimension is already planning to remake MARTYS here in the States (why?).

Pascal Lagier recently chatted with Aint it Cool News about his forthcoming release of MARTYRS. During the interview he talked a bit about why he chose to remake HELLRAISER for Dimension Films.

First of all, HELLRAISER is a child’s dream coming true,” he tells AICN.”I saw the first when I was 13, I remember precisely the shock it had on me because it was so new, so fresh, so it’s very hard to resist the temptation to do HELLRAISER, you know? So of course. When you come from my culture it’s like amazing you’re even proposed to do HELLRAISER. So of course I felt about it a lot. Right now I have no reasons to refuse the opportunity because IF I disagree with the producer I would leave the project. You know, I’m not forced to do ANYTHING I don’t want. So, let me write the first draft, let me tell you what all the American producers have reacted to the reading of the first draft and I will tell you if I’m in good hands or if I’m gonna leave a hellish experience but in ANY CASE, I won’t betray Clive Barker’s work. I want to do a fresh film filled with a lot of unexpected and surprising things. At the same time, I want it to be connected to the real, original material.

He continues, “I’m talking about the novella and the first film that are very close to each other. 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…

I felt it was a good idea to do a new HELLRAISER. And we all know that the franchise has been killed by really, really cheap and bad direct-to-DVD sequels – I’m talking about HELLRAISER 4, 5, 6 – that we all hate. And we all know that the franchise deserve something more ambitious, you know, and more serious so for me it’s a huge chance to be allowed to handle it.

Pascal also reveals that a MARTYS remake is in the works over at Dimension Films, who will release the original on DVD and Blu-ray February 24th.

You’re the first one I [tell],” he reveals to AICN. “Yeah right now we are negotiating the rights to eventually remake MARTYRS in America.

Click here for the full interview.



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