I get asked the question almost every week — “what do you think about remakes?” The answer is far from simple, but in short my belief is simply would you rather see Jason XIII, Hellraiser 19, Halloween 22 or a more serious start from scratch? My original reaction years ago was “f-ck that!” but I have since turned to accept that maybe a re-imagination of our classic characters might not always be the worst idea. Today it was announced that Hellraiser is the next on the remake manufacture line- and you know what? I’m all for it. Read on for the story.
Clive Barker tells Revelations:
“I just want to have five minutes to bring you up to date on the Hellraiser situation, so that we don’t surprise anybody!
“They’re going to remake Hellraiser One with a lot more money and they’ve invited me to write it – the invitation came from Bob Weinstein – which I am going to do, on the basis that if I don’t do it, it will be done in some way that I probably won’t like!
“It’s only that one that I really, really, really care about in terms of its remake value – and it’ll be kind of fun to have the extra money to do the effects and all that cool stuff.
“So it puts me in the situation of writing both the beginning and the end of Pinhead at the same time – ‘In my end is my beginning…’ I’m not in the middle, as it were, I’m leaving out his middle age, I’m just dealing with his beginning and his end.
“I’m excited about it – actually it’ll be kinda cool to revisit it once and see if there are things we can do to it which will make it significantly better.
“I wouldn’t wish to direct – I only want to write and be a part of the producing team. I wouldn’t want to revisit something that I did as a director, something that I did all those years ago: that would be too, in a way, painful – not painful but weird, difficult, strange…
“I am very happy at the idea of having some more money for the cool stuff – I don’t know how much more money, but it’s got to be more than the $900,000 that we had the first time!”