Let me be quite clear on something here. I LOVE Hellraiser. I have a huge Pinhead tattoo on my upper left arm. It is a film that I have enormous affection for despite its numerous flaws. I also love Hellbound: Hellraiser 2. Bigger, bloodier and more insane.
The rest of the franchise, now in its ninth sequel, hasn’t really been that much cop. It hasn’t at all, though last year’s Hellraiser: Revelations is perhaps the rotten cherry on top of an overdone, poorly decorated cake.
Man alive. Honestly, this is something that has had my hackles up for years. I don’t know if a Hellraiser remake is necessary at all, I can see an argument for it, sure, and if it’s done well, it could be just what the franchise needs to rejuvenate and revitalise itself for a whole new audience but it has just gone on too long and NO-ONE, not one soul, is screaming for it.
Except Dimension. They have been. For a long time and have tapped some big names to work on it. Some have even gotten close. Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer being the most famous example, though no cigar.
Some concept art for a possible remake has found its way online. The first look at what some of these folk have in mind for the franchise…
“In July Paul Gerrard and Mike Le Han produced a teaser trailer to accompany the pitch document which has many more conceptual designs that revision Hellraiser. Paul designed the new look for Pinhead and was production designer on the shoot and Le Han pulled in all of his film resources and directed the teaser on the new Alex 4:3 camera with anamorphic lenses.
With a crew of 47 an over 100 bloodied extras, the shoot was completed and is now in the depths of post production with a massive amount of VFX work being undertaken. Method Studios, Fugitive Studios and Flipbook Animation are helming the chi/VFX with the talented Glen Southern designing the new Hellraiser box.
When the teaser is complete they’ll be presenting it to Dimension Films along with an outline of the first film story and conceptual art pitch document with the hope to work on rebooting the Hell raiser franchise and bringing it into the 21st Century.”
It is now really just a question of “When?” rather than “If” it happens. The question remains… WHO will it be?
Check out the art below…
SOURCE – GeekTyrant