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'Hellraiser' Remake Seeks New Angle

Patrick Lussier, Todd Farmer discuss their upcoming film that brings Pinhead back to the big screen

"Hellraiser" remake director Patrick Lussier and writer Todd Farmer are talking about their upcoming film that finally brings Pinhead back to the big screen.

Having spearheaded such films as "My Bloody Valentine" and "Drive Angry 3D," Lussier and Farmer are now poised to unleash a new R-rated take on writer-director Clive Barker's 1987 film, which became an instant cult classic.

"We're keeping it within the world of the box. What the box is and what the box does," Lussier said in an interview with Shock Till You Drop.

"Clive's film is very personal," said Farmer. "That's a difficult story for us to come in and re-tell."

"To go in and tell the story of Frank and the family wouldn't be right," Lussier said. "What we went in to pitch with at Dimension was to come at it from a different angle, but go into the same world and see things you haven't been able to see in the other movies. There have been so many films, how can we make this one different?"

Barker will produce the film along with Joe Daley and Anthony DiBlasi. Bob Weinstein and Matthew Stein will executive produce.

Meanwhile, Dimension is preparing to release "Hellraiser: Revelations," a low-budget, straight-to-DVD sequel to the original films. Directed by VĂ­ctor Garcia ("Mirrors II," "Return to House on Haunted Hill"), the film is based on a script by FX maven Gary J. Tunnicliffe ("Megalodon").

Dimension fast-tracked "Revelations" as a quick means of securing the franchise's rights, which were in jeopardy if a production didn't move forward by the end of 2010, according to Screen Rant.

The original "Hellraiser" was based on Barker's 1986 novella "The Hellbound Heart."

See more of Lussier and Farmer's interview at Shock Till You Drop.

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Bryant L. Griffin is managing editor for Airlock Alpha, 1701News and Rabid Doll, and a writer for the entire GenreNexus network. He works at a major-metro newspaper and served as a journalist in the U.S. Army. In 2002, he joined Nexus Media Group Inc., contributing to many early design concepts before shifting his focus back to writing. Bryant hails from Tampa, Fla.
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