Following the recent shooting wrap for "Hellraiser: Revelations," Dimension Films is now remaking Clive Barker's original 1987 film, tapping director Patrick Lussier and writer Todd Farmer to bring Pinhead back to theaters.
Lussier and Farmer -- the team behind "My Bloody Valentine" and the upcoming films "Drive Angry 3D" and "Halloween III" -- will enjoy a bigger budget than "Revelations," and their remake will ideally serve as the launching point for a string of theatrical sequels.
Barker will produce the film along with Joe Daley and Anthony DiBlasi. Bob Weinstein and Matthew Stein will executive produce.
"We see this as an opportunity to reinvent this franchise while still staying at its core roots," Stein said in an interview with Daily Variety.
Production is expected to begin next year for a late 2011 or early 2012 release.
Meanwhile, "Revelations" director VÃctor Garcia ("Mirrors II," "Return to House on Haunted Hill") has completed a cut of his low-budget, straight-to-DVD sequel, which is based on a script by FX maven Gary J. Tunnicliffe ("Megalodon"). Garcia will present it to producers soon.
"What I liked about Gary's script is that it was a 'Hellraiser' movie, from beginning to end," Garcia said in an interview with Shock Till You Drop. "I had a lot of respect for it. I grew up watching the original films, so what I did was just watched the first and second film again. Any changes to our story were inspired by what happens in those films.
"I went mostly practical in our FX. I was really into just throwing back to the '80s and tried to keep the same mood and feeling -- what 'Hellraiser' meant to me, as a fan."
Dimension fast-tracked "Revelations" to guarantee a Hellraiser film was in production by the end of the year; otherwise the rights to the franchise would have been in jeopardy, according to Screen Rant.
"Revelations" centers on two friends on a backpacking trip in Mexico who encounter the infamous puzzle box and who embrace its promise of a "reality beyond current existence." But with an eternal commitment to Pinhead as part of the pact, one of the friends decides to plan his escape.
Stephan Smith Collins, who has held minor acting roles since 2005, replaces Doug Bradley in the iconic role of Cenobite leader Pinhead, a supernatural being doomed to police hell and explore the pleasures of pain. It's unknown if Bradley will return for Lussier and Farmer's remake.
"Hellraiser," written and directed by Barker, became an instant cult classic. It was based on his 1986 novella "The Hellbound Heart."
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