Among movie fans the term “remake” is one which often gets winced at, gets heads shaking, and sometimes even rants will be induced. Well those making the upcoming new Hellraiser film (yes, they’re making another one) have refuted that it’s a remake. No, no, it’s not a remake says French director Pascal Laugier, but rather a reboot.
There’s a difference? I guess so…
Via an interview (which was written in French and translated into English), Laugier said the reboot will mix elements from both the original film and Clive Barker’s original novella The Hellbound Heart.
The first draft of the script has already been written by Laugier in French, and is now in the process of being translated into English.
Now to be fair I guess you could say there is a difference between a movie being remake and reboot. For example Rob Zombie’s Halloween is a remake of the original, whereas Batman Begins is a reboot of the existing franchise and not simply a remake of Tim Burton’s Batman. So I guess we can let Hellraiser being a reboot instead of a remake fly.
Hellraiser is a film I remember from years and years ago (at an age I probably shouldn’t have been watching films like it) and in this specific case I’d be all for a reboot. The character is a fantastic creation, not quite up there on the same level as Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger or Jason Voorhees but fantastic nonetheless.
And I think the whole idea lends itself well to this area of modern cinema – it would certainly add a supernatural element amongst all the simple slashers we get so many off nowadays. There’s no word as of yet who will play the titular character but since it’s a reboot I don’t think they can get the original guy back (otherwise what’s the point of it being a reboot?).
Calling on tall, bald, spike headed actors!
Is another Hellraiser film a good idea or is it yet another classic horror entity that should be left alone?