‘Deader’ Really Another Script?!

I’ve actually heard about this before, but completely forgot- Dimension Films’ upcoming Hellraiser: Deader was actually a script called ‘Deader’ without Pinhead in it. Dimension had no idea of what to do with the script so they meshed the Pinmeister into it- typical Dimension huh? Anyways, you can read all about that and more inside…
Fangoria reports:

Screenwriter Neal Marshall (THIR13EN GHOSTS) Stevens can’t help but express surprise when asked about his involvement in HELLRAISER: DEADER, the yet-to-be-relesaed seventh entry in the ever-growing franchise. “HELLRAISER: DEADER? Honestly, I was never involved with it,” he says. Yes, the film is based on an old Stevens script, but that didn’t have anything to do with Clive Barker’s creation. “Several years ago, I wrote an original spec screenplay called simply DEADER, which had absolutely no connection whatsoever to the HELLRAISER films or mythology,” he explains. “Dimension bought it for a pretty substantial sum. It was in development there for a year and a half. They’d brought on a director [commercials veteran Jim Sonzero] at one point and I worked with him on a draft, again with an eye toward it being a [stand-alone] feature. And then, for whatever reason?and it was never made clear, so far as I can tell, to anybody?[studio chief] Bob Weinstein simply went cold on the project and it went into hibernation.”

When DEADER first got shelved, Stevens reveals, “We were trying to get it back from them for a while, but Dimension was neither willing to make the movie nor to put it into turnaround, that is, consider the possibility of having some other studio buy out the project and let us make it somewhere else. Instead, they turned it into a direct-to-video HELLRAISER sequel, with the cost of the screenplay probably being the single most expensive item in the entire budget. Which, believe me, is never the way percentages of screenplay to budget usually lay out.”

Tim (HELLRAISER: HELLSEEKER) Day was the writer who transformed DEADER into a Pinhead vehicle, with Rick Bota (who also helmed HELLSEEKER and the series’ eighth entry, HELLWORLD) directing. Yet Stevens can’t share his thoughts about the finished product: “HELLRAISER: DEADER has been complete for quite some time now, but I haven’t seen it. Dimension hasn’t sent me a screening copy. Last time I heard, and that was simply by way of on-line rumors, it isn’t going to come out until next year?if then. So I’m in the same boat with everybody else in terms of finding out what the end result is.”

These days, Stevens is as busy as ever, toiling on a new project. “I’m about to start working on an adaptation of a David Ambrose book called SUPERSTITION for Radar Pictures. It tells the story of a group of psychic researchers who attempt to ?create’ a ghost using the power of belief, and of the unfortunate consequences that arise when they succeed.” In addition, Stevens, who made his directorial debut on STITCHES for Full Moon, plans to get behind the camera again. “Our producing partner, David Greathouse, is in the planning stages of a series of TV movies,” he reveals, “all in the horror vein, that will be written and directed by established screenwriters looking to direct their first or second feature. And if that comes to pass, I’ll be doing one of those, based on a premise I’ve already pitched. Obviously, until things are farther along, I can’t go into any more details.”

With remake-mania currently taking over Hollywood, Stevens said he woudn’t mind working on another one, after 13 GHOSTS. For him, such updates can be interesting projects if they go down a different road from the originals. “I know everybody bemoans the notion of all the remakes in Hollywood, that it means that everybody is bereft of imagination and all the rest. But it’s worth remembering that it has really never been any different. John Huston’s version of THE MALTESE FALCON was the third version of that story put on the screen and, as it turns out, the best. The first version of THE THING was brilliant and so was John Carpenter’s, in a completely different way. If you’ve got something new to bring to a project, there’s absolutely no reason not to remake it. Obviously, it’s no different from anything else: Sometimes the results are complete crap, sometimes they’re simply pointless and sometimes, as with THE MALTESE FALCON, they’re great. So if a remake comes along and I can come up with an approach that justifies doing it, I’d absolutely be interested.”

Source: Fangoria