Dimension can’t decide what it wants out of a Hellraiser remake. Over the past few years the company has attached at least three filmmakers or teams — Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (Inside); Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton (Feast and the Saw series); and Pascal Laugier (Martyrs) to write and/or direct new takes on the original.
But all those teams have quit or otherwise moved on, and Dimension continues to dither over how to re-do Clive Barker‘s 1987 film for new audiences. But there’s a sticky rights issue, and you may have recently heard rumblings about a new film over the last week or so. That’s not the remake, but rather a direct to DVD film intended to keep the series at Dimension. Read More »
It seems that rasp-voiced cigar-hog Clive Barker has been posting to Twitter under the name RealCliveBarker, and posting good stuff too. In just the last few days, he’s managed to spark up two very interesting flames. First, the good news: It seems that all of the missing footage from Nightbreed has been tracked down, safe and sound, and a director’s cut is now a possibility. Now, the bad news: Barker has also reported that Martyrs director Pascal Laugier is off of the Hellraiser remake. More details on both of these stories after the break.
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Anchor Bay Entertainment has announced that they will be celebrating the 20th year anniversary of Hellraiser by releasing a new Hellraiser Limited Edition DVD/Blu-ray Box Set on April 21st 2009. The new set comes in a box that resembles the Lament Configuration, the infamous box prop from the movie. The set includes both the 20th-anniversary DVD special edition of Hellraiser and Hellraiser II, as well as the brand-new Blu-ray version of the original Hellraiser, which comes in a “reflective foil slip sheet.” Now Available for preorder on Amazon for $53.99.
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Dimension‘s remake of Clive Barker‘s original Hellraiser has been pushed back from its scheduled September 5, 2008 release to an undetermined date in 2009. According to Bloody Disgusting, the Weinstein Co. and Dimension were not popping bottles of Cristal over the script by French director team Alexander Bustillo and Julien Maury (Inside), though the duo are still attached to bring Pinhead the $60 million box office grosses he craves.
Unlike Halloween and Michael Myers, I think it’s fair to say that most people can recognize Pinhead, but far, far less have ever viewed a Hellraiser film. The character’s highest grossing theatrical flick was 1996’s Hellraiser: Bloodline, the fourth installment, which cha-chinged $16 million in ticket sales. I count eight total films total, though several have been designated, unsurprisingly, straight to DVD. Truth is, these movies are a little icky like the word “moist.”
There’s still no word on whether the actor better known as Pinhead, Doug Bradley, will be back. Bradley ties Robert Englund for playing the same horror character eight consecutive times in a film. Who’s going to stop him now? Johnny Depp?
French filmmakers Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo have been brought on to write and direct a Hellraiser remake for Dimension Films. The French duo just made a film called Inside, which AintItCool calls “one of the goriest and unflinchingly intense horror films that screened at FANTASTIC FEST.”
The filmmakers say they have the blessing of Clive Barker (who directed the original based on his acclaimed novella The Hellbound Heart) to reappropriate his story and also had a playful message to any horror fans that were ready to trash the idea of a remake, “No tears, please; it’s a waste of good remaking!”
I think Hellraiser is ripe for a remake. I know as a child, I was always scared of pinhead, and the prospect of the franchise scaring a whole new generation of children kind of excites me. However, it should also be noted that Dimension was the studio behind Rob Zombie’s Halloween, which many agree should have never happened. Let’s hope this turns out better.