No official plot yet, but the original told the story of a mysterious puzzle box that's the key to unleashing sadistic demons to the real world.
The Weinstein Company
- Clive Barker apparently sent the second draft of the script to the studio recently, which he describes as a "very loose remake" of the original. He adds: "I think the phrase is ‘reboot,’ although I’ve never really understood what that meant. I wanted to make sure we sounded some fresh notes. The movie actually begins on Devil’s Island. I wanted to fold into the Hellraiser narrative something about the guy—the Frenchman Lemarchand—who made the mysterious box, which raises Pinhead. I figured, ‘Well, what would have happened to him?’ He might well have been taken to Devil’s Island and I thought that would be a pretty cool place to start the movie. We’re waiting for Bob to come back to us and see when we’re going to actually make the movie." (11/3/14)
- Clive Barker recently revealed that he's now attached to script and adds that he intends to have Doug Bradley return as Pinhead. Here's what he had to say: "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-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."
- He adds..."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." (10/24/13)
- It's said that the producers are expectedly aiming for an R-rating.
- Co-writer Todd Farmer revealed in a recent interview that he doesn't believe he and Patrick Lussier are on board the project anymore, as the duo apparently wrote several versions of the script and the studio never saw eye-to-eye with them creatively. (9/7/11)
- Co-writer Todd Farmer had this to say about approaching the script: "We didn’t get on board for Hellraiser to remake Clive’s movie. That movie is so unique and tells such a personal story so we don’t really see the need to remake it. Our plans are to take the mythology and set it in a modernized world that makes sense in context with the original. It’s not a remake and it’s not a reboot - it’s something else entirely. But we are definitely planning for our Hellraiser to be very R-rated so fans shouldn’t be worried there."
- Director/co-writer Patrick Lussier detailed how he and co-writer Todd Farmer are pulling inspiration from the world that Clive created, saying "in that original film he opened so many interesting doorways and opportunities that that's what we want to explore-- always keeping in mind what he had done and how he did it and just working within that world."
- Patrick Lussier was quoted the following on what to expect from the scope of the film: "the idea was that if we're going to do it, let's be epic. There's a part of this world that we're never allowed to see because there's never been the resources to show it, so let's show it."
- Filming was originally hoped to begin sometime in the Spring of '08, with an early January '09 release.
- The duo behind the My Bloody Valentine remake and Drive Angry, Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer, return to develop this project.
- It was rumored that producers were possibly aiming for a PG-13 rating, but this was proven false.
- This flick will reportedly be in 3D.
- Originally set to have a September 5th '08 theatrical release.
- It's said that this film will mix elements from both Clive Barker's "The Hellbound Heart" novella and the original 1987 movie.
- Fully titled Clive Barker Presents: Hellraiser.
- When writer/director Pascal Laugier was still attached to the project, he described the script as more of a "re-boot" than "remake", saying how most of the material is taken from the original Clive Barker novella, "The Hellbound Heart."
- Pascal Laugier (Martyrs) was once attached to direct before he left the project.
- Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury (Inside) were once attached to direct before being replaced by Pascal Laugier (Martyrs).
- Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton (Feast, Saw IV) wrote the previous draft.
- French filmmakers Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury (Inside) wrote the first script, which was based on a treatment by Clive Barker, but the studio declined it.
- It's unknown whether Doug Bradley will return as Pinhead.
- The Pinhead in this film will be different from the one we've grown to love.
- Clive said that he plans to have this to be both the beginning and end of Pinhead.
- This film will have an obviously bigger budget, with hopes to do things that the original could never do.
- The Weinstein Company is behind this.
- Clive will only serve as producer, as he was detailed saying that he'd feel too weird to direct a remake of his own movie.
- This is a remake of the classic 1987 Clive Barker film.
A UHM staff member has not reviewed this film.