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Clive Barker to pen new “HELLRAISER” with Doug Bradley envisioned to return

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A new vision of HELLRAISER, one that aims to do justice to both Clive Barker’s original novella THE HELLBOUND HEART and the fantastic film on which its based, is long overdue. Stuck in some form of development or another at Dimension Films for years now, the proposed remake now has both a writer and some optimism attached. That writer? Barker himself.

On his official Facebook, the great author of horror and fantasy writes, “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-honoring the structure and the designs from the first incarnation but hopefully creating an even darker and richer film-was attractive to Dimension.”

He continues, “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. Clive.”

Of course it’s early yet, and there’s no indication Barker will direct, but for the first time since HELLBOUND it seems he will be directly involved with a HELLRAISER film starring Doug Bradley. In an update a mere half hour after the original post, Barker did address further plans to helm a feature, and of course, the rating a new HELLRAISER no doubt demands. “As questions are asked I’ll do my best to answer them, though as you all know making movies is a volatile art, and things seldom remain fixed. One question regarding the rating has been asked. I asked it too, and Dimension confirmed that they are purely interested in an R rated picture. Somebody else asked why I’m not writing something original. The answer is that I am. After HELLRAISER I intend to write and direct a completely new horror movie,which will mingle graphic horror and erotic content,to create an unrated film which will push the envelope of extreme content further than ever…”

Keep an eye on Fango for much more!

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Fangoria.com Managing Editor Samuel Zimmerman has been at FANGORIA since 2009, where fresh out of the Purchase College Cinema Studies program, he began as an editorial assistant. Since, he’s honed both his writing and karaoke skills and been trusted with the responsibility of jury duty at Austin’s incredible Fantastic Fest. Zimmerman lives in and hails from The Bronx, New York where his pants are too tight and he’ll watch anything with witches.
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