‘Hellraiser’ Remake Nets Clive Barker and the Original “Pinhead” Doug Bradley
The best way to soothe fans of a property is get the original creator(s) involved (see also: Lawrence Kasdan, ‘Star Wars: Episode 7‘), so the Dimension films have done a smart thing by hiring original writer/director/horror legend Clive Barker to pen the remake of ‘Hellraiser,’ and Barker says that he’ll be bringing back Doug Bradley to play the film’s iconic character Pinhead.
This news comes from Barker himself, as he left this post from 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.
So, no CGI, and the original author and star, all poetry to any horror fans ears. It will be interesting to see how Barker treats the material with the distance of over twenty five years, and how much he sticks to the original storyline. But Barker may be the kick in the butt this project needs as it’s been in development since 2006. But as he says, the ink’s not dry, and this could all fall apart.