Just when you thought the remake band wagon was coming to an end, this little nugget of brilliance turns up in our in tray.
Dimension Films is proud to announce that Clive Barker, whose spine-tingling films have terrified audiences across the globe, is set to team with Dimension Films to remake his most celebrated thriller, Hellraiser. Barker will write the screenplay and serve as a producer. Anthony Diblasi and Joe Daley will co-produce the remake. No director or cast has been attached to the project yet. The announcement was made today by Bob Weinstein, Co-Chairman of The Weinstein Company.
First released in 1987, Hellraiser tells the chilling story of an unfaithful wife who attempts to assist her dead lover in his escape from Hell. Based on Barker's critically acclaimed novella, The Hellbound Heart, Hellraiser was written and directed by Barker and spawned a lucrative film franchise.
Bob Weinstein stated, "We are excited to be in business with Clive Barker who created such an iconic character with Pinhead. We look forward to working with him to bring his fantastic vision to the big screen for a new generation of fans."
Richard Saperstein, head of production, and Matthew Stein, senior vice president of production for Dimension Films will oversee the project on behalf of Dimension.
Andrew Kramer, executive vice president of business and legal affairs, negotiated the deal on behalf of Dimension Films. Ben Smith and David Colden of Colden, McKuin & Frankel, negotiated on behalf of Barker. Barker is represented by ICM.
Born October 5, 1952 near Liverpool, England. Barker’s literary career began with the publishing of his short story collection entitled The Books of Blood, Volumes 1-6. Barker made the jump to motion pictures, the result was an adaptation of his novella, The Hellbound Heart, into a film called Hellraiser. Barker’s stylish, chilling directorial debut resulted in a movie franchise that has spawned eight sequels.
Barker’s film career continued in many different capacities on such films as Candyman, Nightbreed, Candyman 2: Farewell to the Flesh, Lord of Illusions, Gods and Monsters and Saint Sinner.
During this time, Barker remained a force in the literary world, and publishing such novels as: Weaveworld, The Great and Secret Show, Everville, Imajica, Sacrament, Galilee, Coldheart Canyon, , The Thief of Always, & Damnation Game. – several of which have been set up with film and television studios through his Seraphim Films.
Most recently, Barker has published Abarat and Abarat II: Days of Magic, Nights of War, the first two books in a four-part children’s book series. Barker has spent more than five years developing the series and created more than 500 oil paintings, which illustrate the books.