After various attempts to get the “Hellraiser” franchise off the ground again in recent years, word came a year ago that The Weinstein Company had sparked to an idea by the franchise’s creator Clive Barker.
With the release of the director’s cut of “Nightbreed” on disc this month, Barker recently gave an interview to EW and confirmed he has finished the second draft of the new “Hellraiser” which will both reboot and expand the story:
“I think the phrase is ‘reboot,’ although I’ve never really understood what that meant. I wanted to make sure we sounded some fresh notes.
The movie actually begins on Devil’s Island. I wanted to fold into the Hellraiser narrative something about the guy – the Frenchman Lemarchand – who made the mysterious box, which raises Pinhead.
I figured, ‘Well, what would have happened to him?’ He might well have been taken to Devil’s Island [a penal colony] and I thought that would be a pretty cool place to start the movie. We’re waiting for Bob [Weinstein] to come back to us and see when we’re going to actually make the movie.”
Barker only plans to write the reboot, no word on who may potentially direct.