The original Hellraiser was a piece of cinematic genius; one of the finest horror films of its time, spawning a vast mythos of creative charm. However, these days, there’s no such thing as “leave well enough alone”. A remake has been in the works for a while, and Clive Barker, creator of the original, has signed on to do the script. In reality, a large part of his joining-up was so that another writer wouldn’t butcher the film, as it was going to happen whether he wanted it to or not.
“They’re going to remake Hellraiser One with a lot more money and they’ve invited me to write it – the invitation came from Bob Weinstein – which I am going to do, on the basis that if I don’t do it, it will be done in some way that I probably won’t like!”
I’d been enjoying most of the low-budget straight to video Hellraiser films, as they had more in common with the Hellraiser comics, which I found a great deal more entertaining than many of the films.
With any luck, Barker hasn’t lost his touch with the Hellraiser mythos. But, of course, there’s always the threat of “studio involvement”. Think “Hellraiser 3: Hell on Earth” or “Hellraiser: Bloodline” and you’ll get the idea.
Source: Clive Barker-himself