Now that Fifty Shades of Grey has made BDSM fashionable again, Dimension Films is getting back to work on their own spin on sadomasochism with their long-planned Hellraiser remake. And, though it's rare in the world of rehashes, there's some good news about the project: in every sense, Pinhead will maintain his original voice.
Taking to his Facebook page (via), original Hellraiser writer-director Clive Barker has announced that he's in talks to write the new film, and that longtime lead cenobite Doug Bradley will most likely be returning to have some pins jammed in his face. And yes, they will be REAL pins, not computer-generated, Andy Serkis motion-captured pins. Said Barker:
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.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.
In the comments, Barker offers more encouraging news by going on to contradict early reports that the film would have its gruesome, skinless form covered in a new teenage skin and a PG-13 rating.
"Dimension confirmed that they are purely interested in an R rated picture," Barker wrote, before moving on to the larger question at hand: why not just make something original?
Well, turns out he's also doing that. He's already got plans to next write and direct an all new horror project, and it's apparently going to make all this Hellraising look tame, as it will be unrated due to the extreme degree he plans to "mingle graphic horror and erotic content." So good news for everyone who saw the cenobites emerge and thought, "Are these four gonna fuck or what?"