You might think that with the high-profile remakes of classic horror titles like Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Halloween, and many others we’ve seen produced, it wouldn’t be at all difficult to get one made these days, but this is not the case.
One of the remakes that was set to head our way, was that of horror master Clive Barker‘s Hellraiser. And thought fans likely didn’t want to see it, even Barker himself stated that he was OK with remakes so long as they were done faithfully. Even so, the remake has faced a bumpy road to production, and it now appears that it might not even happen at all. Apparently Dimension Films was in talks with Christian E. Christiansen to direct, but those talks have now ended. At one point Pascal Laugierwas attached to direct, but clearly that relationship also ended.
The reason that Dimension is having so much trouble finding a director is because they’re being really picky about who ultimately makes it. They want the best possible talent they can find, and they’re constantly moving from one talent to the next until they find someone who will make the movie exactly the way they want it made. This could be a good thing if it means they’re intent of the perfect and most faithful Hellraiser remake you could want, but that is all yet to be seen.
As for the direct-to-DVD sequel, this also ties in with the remake. According to the report, Dimension had a deadline to deliver some sort of Hellraiser flick, and if they didn’t pull it off, they could lose the rights all together. Since they have yet to figure out a gameplan for the remake, they’ve put Hellraiser: Revelations on a super-fast track to DVD with director Victor Garcia set to begin production next month. Since 2000, five straight-to-video titles have been released and this will be yet another to add to the pile.
With so many complications in making a Hellraiser remake, you can’t help but wonder if it’s just destined for an eternity in developmental hell. But with word of this quick-moving DVD installment and Dimension’s desire for the perfect director, it does look like their determined to make this happen eventually. When or if they’ll actually pull it off is another question completely.