But as the direct-to-DVD sequels have sputtered out, and perhaps finally died, there’s big news from Clive Barker himself:
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.
Barker also notes that a condition of the deal was that Doug Bradley return as Pinhead, and that practical effects will be utilized as much as possible.
As fans of the original novella know, it was more intense and sexually perverse than even the original film. It’ll be interesting to see what they let Barker get away with...if, in the end, they do.