The author and filmmaker announced his return to the long-running horror franchise on Facebook
Horror fans, rejoice!
Original “Hellraiser” writer and director Clive Barker announced late Thursday night that he is writing the remake for Dimension Films with Doug Bradley returning to star as Pinhead — the leader of Hell’s Cenobites.
You know, that ugly group of S&M enthusiasts who terrorize humanity when idiots decided to open a freaky-looking puzzle box called the Lament Configuration.
“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,” Barker wrote on his Facebook. “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.”
The author — who also created “Candyman” — says his remake of his own 1987 horror classic will utilize practical make-up effects to avoid “a film awash with CGI.”
“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.”
Barker, who first introduced audiences to Pinhead in his 1986 novel “The Hellbound Heart,” assures the reboot of the movie that spawned eight sequels won’t be for the faint of heart.
“One question regarding the rating has been asked,” Barker added. “I asked it too, and Dimension confirmed that they are purely interested in an R-rated picture.”