Hellraiser Remake On Hold Again

Clive Barker’s Hellraiser is a cult horror classic. A bucketload of sequels have been made but it’s the long awaited reboot of the original which has drawn the most attention. Well now it looks like that will have to stay in the puzzlebox a little while longer as Todd Farmer and Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry) who were working on the remake have revealed that it’s unlikely to happen, at least with them at the helm.

The project’s been floating about for about five years and has gone through a slew of writers and directors. Originally Inside directors Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury were attached to direct a screenplay by Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton (Saw IV, V and VI). Bustillo and Murray left to be replaced by Pascal Laugier (Martyrs) who was in turn replaced by Christian E Christiansen (The Roomate).

Everything was crumpled up and binned with the arrival of Farmer and Lussier who were planning to direct their own script. They also dispelled rumours that their version would be a teen-friendly PG affair rather than the 18-rated fright-fest it should be.

It seems that Dimension don’t agree as Lussier said in a statement, “We developed several versions for Dimension, but in the end we never saw eye to eye. The current story is extremely different from the story we pitched. It’s changed dramatically since we started, and it will probably change a lot more before it’s all over. Originally what they wanted was epic and dark, rated R. It was in our contract. So… if we do Hellraiser, it’s rated R; if they want to do PG-13 then they have to get rid of us.”

Dimension recently released a direct to DVD sequel Hellraiser: Revelations but that was only to keep the licence, not to have a serious stab at quality. That’s bought they a little bit of time to get a new team together but for now it looks like Pinhead and The Lament Configuration will remain in hell.