Dear ‘Hellraiser’ Fans, Clive Barker Is Writing the Remake; Doug Bradley Returns!

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BREAKING: It’s been a long, hard road out of development hell, and Pinhead isn’t out of the woods just yet.

After years in development, and god awful sequels, Dimension Films is finally embarking on a quest to the seven levels of Hell with Hellraiser creator Clive Barker!

Barker, who hasn’t been involved since Hellbound: Hellraiser II, has officially announced that he will be writing the hellraiser remake for The Weinstein Company – and also revealed that Doug Bradley will return as the iconic slasher!

Halloween has come early!

Here’s a letter to fans from Clive posted on his official 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.

  • undertaker78

    Hot Damn! Count me in.

  • MattAwesum

    Now we will see Clive barker at his best

  • Suchsweetsufferin

    FINALLY!!!!!! I JUST BUSTED A NUT!!!!!

  • calm_sea

    If anyone could make a Hellraiser remake great, it’s the man himself (Clive Barker) and the other man himself (Doug Bradley). Count me in!

  • carlos.filipe

    This is good news, of the literary masters of horror returns to remake is baby, cant get much better than this. This generation needs HELLRAISER world on cinemas to TEAR THEIR SOULS APART (i had to say it). Welcome back Mr Barker.

  • Michael_M

    Bradley does seem to own the character in the same way that the Nightmare remake was even less successful without Englund.

    But I have real concerns about remaking the first film, even with Barker’s intention to tell the story with “a fresh intensity.”

    We know that story. It was a great introduction to focus on this particular family. But it’s been decades. Expand the scope of the Cenobite universe. The narrative begs for more details. It’s claustrophobic to go back to the original setting. I think this is going to be a missed opportunity.

  • khaosmatrix

    You had me at “Well, it will not be a film awash with CGI.”

  • STRIK9

    Excellent news. What more could a fan of this series ask for? Now if Englund could just get hired back as Freddy, we’d be good.

    • EvilHead1981

      If only. Though, I also remember Craven wanting to have a role in the remake, but PD/Warner gave him the cold shoulder. I think these guys, the creators, know what’s best for these franchises. SO many reboots have bastardized the original source material. If there’s way to reboot something into a new take, while retain the true spirit/soul and gist of the original(which I would say the creators know more about than most other people), do it! For Craven, say what you will about his lackluster movies, all the input he gave to the NOES series was beneficial. Dream Warriors and New Nightmare were great installments(the concepts were awesome), and the reason the final part of Freddy’s Revenge is a stalk and psych-out through the tight industrial corridors of the Springwood Power Plant because Craven suggested it(the original final leg was to take place in an open area).

  • NecRomancer

    Awesome news!!! Please don’t let this be the start of some sinister “Halloween Fool’s” tradition on BD- let this be for real.

  • DBZEROGRAVITY

    this franchise bores me… I hope that he does breathe some fresh life into it

  • Lion7718

    Hell Ya…

  • Thomas

    I’m excited, but doesn’t anyone remember we had this same scenario (minus Doug) 7 years ago? http://bloody-disgusting.com/news/7485/ I hope this time things work out.

  • Spike0037

    if you wanted to have some good Hellraiser reading read the comics the first one you should start with is Hellraiser it’s written by Clive Barker its 20 issues and place after part 2. Then after that comes Hellraiser: Darkwatch last issue was amazing. And there are major surprises. Want there is a stand alon series called Hellraiser: the road below it great this stuff should keep fans occupied.

  • DeadEndMike

    While I am excited to see Clive take a new look at this story; I cant help but wish for a truly new film idea from Clive. His mind is so wonderfully tortured (in a good way).

  • Spike0037

    @MrDisgusting you really should have mentiomed that Clive Barkers comic’s. Have been amazing. And he has not lost any love for this franchise. Ikmow the comics are reviewed byt it reqlly would have been a good thimg to

  • SuperKilla

    Yesssss!

  • Samhain2010

    Sorry for my language, but FUCK YEAH!

  • j.c

    I know the term remake is scaring some and rightfully so, but Im kind of ok with this since the original captains are at the helm. Im thinking that if this film proves successful ( and hopefully good), them the sequel could be one to watch for because they could them do that eexpansion of the universe that we want. Perhaps mine some of the gold that has been shining in those Barker penned comics. As much as I’m not into sequels and remakes , this could be the stepping stone into a whole new Hellraiser universe created by the man who ruled the first. Consider me intrigued.

  • ThunderDragoon

    Fantastic news!!!

  • Golic

    I’ll bet the Weinsteins took a look at how the Evil Dead “remake” turned out, and decided that the Hellraiser remake needed to be made with the same heart, intensity, and strong use of practical effects…I couldn’t agree more, FUCK I’M EXCITED!!

    • EvilHead1981

      I REALLY hope that is the case. The Weinsteins are considered the ruiners of good horror by watering down original ideas so they can be acceptable for the MTV crowd. Yo, let’s put Busta Rhymes in Resurrection!!!! All the hippity hop youngstas will LOVE it! Really appeal to that young cool demographics, with their MTV and their CW.

      Evil Dead remake was a real “to the point” remake/reboot. It bypassed a lot of “hip reference” bullshit and just delivered a good horror flick. Sometimes that’s better. Who cares about trying to appeal to pop cultural relevance? Let’s make Duck Dynasty jokes, and try to work in a scene where one of the female characters twerks! Just bypass the bullshit, get down to the nitty gritty. Hell, that would make the movie more timeless(the less pop cultural references, the less dated it becomes).

      But yeah, if this goes down the way I want it to, I hope it’s a first in a long line of reboots/sequels that get creator input.

  • horrorgasm

    I actually hope he changes the plot pretty significantly, at least as far as the Kristy and family setting, otherwise it seems like kind of a waste to put all those resources into just recreating the same exact story with the same people involved with the only difference being some better visual effects.

  • SonOfVoorhees

    I refuse to get my hopes up yet until i hear more information, though his love of practical effects is awesome. He is in the process of writing a Hellraiser book that is about how leviathan and hell comes about…from demons to cenobites. Chaos to order. Its called The Crimson Gospels. So I do wonder if he is going to add pieces from that novel into the movie?

  • Darkness69

    *faint*

  • DreamWave

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Doug Bradley turned down the part. the guy absolutely LOATHES remakes. 😛

    • FreddyKrueger13

      He did Wrong Turn 5 haha I think he’ll do this haha

      • Golic

        hahahaha, yeah I’m sure that “mountain” of Pinhead money dried up a long time ago; and conventions being your primary source of income sucks. This IS a remake, but with Clive behind it; I’m sure Doug will find this much more appealing.

  • FreddyKrueger13

    About time an icon makes it’s return to the big screen, I wonder if it will come out the same year as the new Friday The 13th; that would be a good year!

  • lycan34

    Its about time!!! If he (Clive) do the remake of Hellraiser the way he says he’s gonna do it, then it should be a great entertaining and scary remake of a classic horror film!!! I’m all in!!!

  • Tenebrion

    My little black heart just skipped a beat =)

  • joeshmo447

    Omg…this is amazing news !!!!!!

  • Indra

    Barker will fuck this up. And I’m not saying that to be a provocative douchebag. I love the original Hellraiser. In fact, it’s without a doubt my favorite film. I’m not opposed to the idea of a remake either. But Barker isn’t the one to do it. Thing is, Barker’s been away from the Gash far too long; the sort of mindset and philosophy that gave rise to Hellraiser is something the author abandoned long ago. Look at his books after Hellraiser, or those comics he’s been involved in. Barker is a Christian, a very liberal Christian, but still a Christian. Which is fine, but it’s distanced him from the metaphysical framework that made Hellraiser so unique. “Hell” isn’t the punitive Hell of Christianity, it isn’t evil…the great thing about Hellraiser was that it was all about a world in which there was no good or evil. The Cenobites are beyond good and evil…they are flesh and experience and sensation without any value judgement attached, no morality to taint the immediacy of what they offer. It’s a difficult worldview to maintain. We don’t know much about the Scarlet Gospels, but we DO know that Christian figures appear in it, that it is somehow tied to that world view. Only someone insanely optimistic could believe Barker will be able to separate himself from the Scarlet Gospels when he writes this. I love the idea of a new Hellraiser with more money behind it, I love the idea of Bradley returning in all his glory, I love the idea of the film eschewing all but the most necessary cosmetic CGI…but I don’t like the idea of Barker as the writer. I will remain hopeful, if this project comes to fruition I’ll see it on opening night…I’ll be the first one in line and I’ll hope beyond hope all of my misgivings are for naught. Mr. Barker, please, please, please do not fuck this up. Please.

    • Auberon

      I think you and I interpreted both the source material and the movie very differently. That’s not a bad thing by any means. I am, however, “insanely optimistic” about Mr. Barker’s ability.

  • jaboc123

    Why? This is such a horrible idea. The original is fine how it is. This will be a steaming turd just like the other remakes (The Texas Chainsaw remake was good). He should just make another true Helraiser film (Just calling a film Hellraiser isn’t enough. The Hellraiser films after Bloodlines felt like bad movies with Hellraiser stuff thrown in to sucker in fans) or a prequel.

  • Auberon

    I find the idea exciting and compelling. I doubt it will come to much, though. Barker has tons of stuff he claims his fans will one day see, none of which ever amounts to more than a wink and a smile. While I will follow the development of this movie with interest, “I’ll believe it when I see it,” as they say.

  • NonieBologna

    Always going to be a hit or miss with remakes. May as well grit your teeth and watch it.

  • Telops

    just crapped my pants…and I’m actually glad

  • SaturdayThe14th

    I’m stoked on this for sure. Anyone know of any updates on an actual release of Barkers novel “Scarlet Gospels”? Hope he does faster work on this script than he did with that.