Clive Barker confirms his intention to reboot Hellraiser!

136700321545161Earlier today, astute horror fans and Facebook users were lucky enough to get a surprise hellraiser2announcement from Clive Barker himself!
As we all know, Mr. Barker has been a busy individual lately (as always) working dutifully on many projects, ranging from paintings to writings and more.
But he is also one of the few celebrities who has genuinely embraced social media and communicates directly through his official Facebook page.
But no one could have foreseen the news he sprung on us earlier today :

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. 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 Correspondent, me. My very best wishes to you all,my friends.

A return to the world of Hellraiser overseen by the creator himself!
It is like a dream come true!
936000_536898219727102_1555358862_nAs a lifelong fan of Clive Barker, this is excellent news!
The first two films are among my top ten of all time, and the sequels (without his involvement) sadly grew progressively worse. They seemed to become less interested in expanding the beautiful mythology Mr. Barker created, and just tried to shoehorn the Pinhead character into some lackluster existing screenplays.

The most recent one, Revelations, was a disgrace.
A silly idea to even try and replace the iconic Doug Bradley in the role of the lead Cenobite.

964740_10152854446795442_648789752_oSpeaking of Doug Bradley, he was obviously inundated with excited messages from fans after Mr. Barker’s announcement, to which he had this to say :

“Hi everyone! Just arrived in Orlando for Spooky Empire, to be greeted by the news via FearNet and Clive Barkers Facebook that he is writing a new Hellraiser script and intends that I should play Pinhead again. This is intriguing news, about which I know absolutely nothing. No one has contacted or spoken to me about returning. So until you hear from me to the contrary, assume that all rumors about me returning as Pinhead are only rumors.
Peace & Pain.”

I’m reasonably sure that if everything goes according to plan, Mr. Bradley would not hesitate to reprise the role that made him an icon, but only time will tell.

tumblr_maem12VJXu1r84w4jo1_500The stories of the Hellraiser universe have stayed alive through print, in the great short story collection “Hellbound Hearts” and most recently the excellent comic book series “Hellraiser : Dark Watch”.
It was also recently announced that Mr. Barker has completed his long-anticipated novel “The Scarlet Gospels”, which crosses the paths of Harry D’Amour and the lead Cenobite.

the-scarlet-gospelsUntil we know more, this exciting news is all we have, horror fans!
But it is definitely enough to get us hopeful for what may come to be in the near future!
Stay up to date with this story by visiting Clive Barker’s page and the always entertaining Official Hellraiser page, and of course here on Horror Homework!

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