French helmer Pascal Laugier (“Martyrs”) is in final negotiations to write and direct Dimension’s re-imagining of the “Hellraiser” franchise says The Hollywood Reporter.
The original 1987 feature, which director Clive Barker based on his own book “The Hellbound Heart”, told the story of an unfaithful wife who attempts to assist her dead lover in his escape from hell.
More famously it introduced the demonic Cenobites and their leader Pinhead who became an enduring horror character. The creatures, made up of gory flesh-stretched make-up and rubber, appear in the story when summoned using an antique puzzle box.
Laugier, who claims that he’ll be very faithful to Barker’s material, seems suited as “Martyrs” is currently under much controversy due to its unrelenting violent nature.