Remake of the graphic horror masterpiece aims to be CGI free…

Respected horror author and filmmaker Clive Barker (‘Nightbreed,’ ‘Lord of Illusions’) has taken to Facebook to announce that he is getting ready to pen the script for a remake of his 1987 directorial debut ‘Hellraiser,’ with plans to bring back Doug Bradley to play the iconic Pinhead.

“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-honouring 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.”

Based on Barker’s 1986 novella ‘The Hellbound Heart,’ the original film went on to spawn eight sequels and a series of comic books.

Hollywood has long toyed with the idea of rebooting the franchise, most recently enlisting Patrick Lussier and his ‘My Bloody Valentine’ and ‘Drive Angry 3D’ writer Todd Farmer, but that incarnation of the project fell into development hell. Now, with Barker and Bradley on board, horror fans have something to look forward to.