That Hellraiser remake's still happening (and now it's nabbed Clive Barker!)

We're apparently still getting a Hellraiser reboot, but this time the creator of the franchise seems very involved.

The last time we heard about the Weinstein Company's plans to reboot the franchise that began with the now-classic 1987 horror film, Hellraiser's creator -- acclaimed novelist and occasional director Clive Barker - wasn't involved at all. Those remake plans went far enough to get a director, but seem to have died on the vine a while ago. Now there's new movement on the Hellraiser front, and it's Barker himself who's setting things in motion.

The author confirmed via his Facebook page on Thursday that he recently met with Dimension Pictures head Bob Weinstein to pitch his own ideas for a Hellraiser remake, and said Weinstein found the project "attractive." Barker then reported that as of Thursday, he had been "officially invited to write the script based upon that pitch." So the franchise is, for the first time since 1988's Hellbound: Hellraiser II, back in the hands of its original mastermind. As for how he planned to make the film, Barker offered this:

"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, not only is the creator back on board for this remake, but he also wants to rope in the original monster at the heart of it all, Doug Bradley, who's so far played Pinhead in eight Hellraiser films of varying quality. Given that the last attempt to revitalize this franchise withered away, we can't necessarilly call this a sure thing yet, but Barker seems excited, and he promises that he'll start writing his remake "once the papers are signed," so we've at least got a good start.

What do you think? Will we finally see a new Hellraiser film worth watching, or will Barker's efforts eventually be for naught?

You can read Barker's full post on the new developments here.

(Via Clive Barker)

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