HELLRAISER Pitch Trailer Going Live on Halloween
Clive Barker and horror movie fans have been hearing for years about a restart button for the Hellraiser franchise. Jason X and
Drive Angry writer Todd Farmer had written a script at one point with the director Christian E. Christiansen of the horrible thriller The Roommate threatning to helm it. The Weinsteins apparently wanted to spin this into a teen friendly shade of Clive Barker’s vision which pushed all reboot plans into limbo. Martyrs director Pascal Laugier was at the helm for before that and was probably the best choice for the job other than Barker himself. Now we have some really intriguing poster art work from Paul Gerrard
(Wrath of the Titans, Battle: Los Angeles), which was created for a teaser trailer directed by Mike Le Han (Mrs. Peppercorn’s Magical Reading Room) that is apparently being pitched to Dimension and launching on Halloween.
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 (CG build of) 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.
I asked Mr.Le Han if he was going to fight against the Weinsteins’ teen-friendly ambitions. He said, “Nope – cinema has moved on and so has it’s audience base. I’d be looking at a PG-13 rating, Hellraiser could appeal to a wider audience and my take on it would be more of the origins rather than a rehash of the 80’s goth era!”
I can’t lie and say I’m not disappointed and in a bit of disagreement with this assessment of cinema but even if Le Han was right, it seems he has chosen which side of the fence to stand on. Let’s cross our fingers and hope if this gets made somebody will see reason. I’m going on the record to say that making a PG-13 Hellraiser would be the equivalent of making an X-rated Mary Poppins.