Hellraiser is one of those remakes that has been in development for so long, it’s hard to keep track of what is happening with it, who is on board and what the approach is going to be. About a year ago, Clive Barker himself revealed that he pitched an idea to Dimension Films and was running with the project, penning a remake himself for the company. Not directing, but writing.
In fact, these days, Barker is very much back in the Pinhead business. The writer reveals he recently sent Dimension Films chief Bob Weinstein the second draft of his screenplay for a new Hellraiser movie, which Barker describes as a very loose remake of his original film.
I think the phrase is reboot, although Ive never really understood what that meant, he says. I wanted to make sure we sounded some fresh notes. The movie actually begins on Devils Island. I wanted to fold into the Hellraiser narrative something about the guythe Frenchman Lemarchandwho made the mysterious box, which raises Pinhead. I figured, Well, what would have happened to him? He might well have been taken to Devils Island and I thought that would be a pretty cool place to start the movie. Were waiting for Bob to come back to us and see when were going to actually make the movie.
If you’re not familiar with Devil’s Island, it was a penal colony – a prison that operated from the mid-1800s to 1953. As we know, Lemarchand was a character who played a major part in Hellraiser: Bloodline, the fourth installment in the series.
Go check out the rest of that EW article. It’s a solid read in which Barker talks about his near-death experience not along ago, Nightbreed and returning to directing.