A lot of horror classics have gotten the reboot treatment in the last couple of years. Now that Hellraiser Writer/Director Clive Barker has been brought into the picture, things seem to be heating up in the Hellraiser camp. There’s even talk that Doug Bradley, the original Pinhead will be actively enticed to reprise the role.Barker posted this notice on his FaceBook page:

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.

Barker also commented in the post’s thread to answer the dreaded PG13 rating question to set hard-core fans minds at ease:

As questions are asked I’ll do my best to answer them,though as you all know making movies is a volatile art,and things seldom remain fixed. One question regarding the rating has been asked. I asked it too,and Dimension confirmed that they are purely interested in an R rated picture.Somebody else asked why I’m not writing something original. The answer is that I am.After HELLRAISER I intend to write and direct a completely new horror movie,which will mingle graphic horror and erotic content,to create an unrated film which will push the envelope of extreme content further than ever…

Combine that statement about a hard “R” rating and Barker’s commitment to practical make-up effects instead of CGI and we just might get the Hellraiser reboot that any hard-core fan can be proud of.

It will be nice to actually see Clive Barker’s Hellraiser back in the theaters instead of those lame straight to DVD crap-fests that the Hellraiser franchise had become.

What do you think? I can’t think of anyone better to breathe new life into the franchise, can you?

Via: /Film

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