Dimension Plans an Angry, Bloody Reboot of Hellraiser
10.26.10 by Ryan
The Weinstein Company has had its eye on a Hellraiser reboot for years, even releasing a synopsis last year. Almost a year later, the reboot is finally on track with the addition of a director and screenwriter that bring with them both horror and 3-D credentials.
Variety reports that the Weinstein Company and Dimension have hired director Patrick Lussier and screenwriter Todd Farmer — the duo behind My Bloody Valentine 3-D and the upcoming Drive Angry — to create the reboot. This ends a years-long director merry-go-round. The pair pitched an origin story, which will start shooting next year for a late 2011 or early 2012 release.
French director Pascal Laugier was attached in 2008, and, days before the most recent announcement, Bloody-Disgusting reported that director Christian E. Christensen was going to direct with actress Amber Heard attached to star in the lead role. Considering Heard appears in Drive Angry, her association with Lussier and
Farmer could mean that she remains with the project.
No word yet on whether actor Doug Bradley will reprise his role as the evil Cenobite Pinhead. Creator Clive Barker, who directed the original and wrote the story on which the movie was based, will produce.
"We see this as an opportunity to reinvent this franchise while still staying at its core roots," said executive producer Matthew Stein. Meanwhile, a straight-to-DVD Hellraiser, titled Hellraiser: Revelations is in the works, possibly without Pinhead. The Weinstein Company decided to produce Revelations in order to salvage the rights necessary to green light the reboot.