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HELLRAISER SERIES  NEWS:

Official Press Release on 'Hellraiser' Remake

November 10, 2006 -- Dimension today officially announced the "Hellraiser" remake in a press release. Here's the official release:

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, & 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.

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'Hellraiser' Being Remade

Oct. 21, 2006 -- The ninth "Hellraiser" will actually be a remake -- penned by Clive Barker. Barker spoke with "Revelations" about the project:

"They’re going to remake Hellraiser One with a lot more money and they’ve invited me to write it – the invitation came from Bob Weinstein – which I am going to do, on the basis that if I don’t do it, it will be done in some way that I probably won’t like!

"It’s only that one that I really, really, really care about in terms of its remake value - and it’ll be kind of fun to have the extra money to do the effects and all that cool stuff.

"So it puts me in the situation of writing both the beginning and the end of Pinhead at the same time – ‘In my end is my beginning…’ I’m not in the middle, as it were, I’m leaving out his middle age, I’m just dealing with his beginning and his end.

"I’m excited about it - actually it’ll be kinda cool to revisit it once and see if there are things we can do to it which will make it significantly better.

"I wouldn’t wish to direct – I only want to write and be a part of the producing team. I wouldn’t want to revisit something that I did as a director, something that I did all those years ago: that would be too, in a way, painful - not painful but weird, difficult, strange…

"I am very happy at the idea of having some more money for the cool stuff – I don’t know how much more money, but it’s got to be more than the $900,000 that we had the first time!"

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'Hellraiser 9' Is Here -- Sort Of

Sept. 18, 2006 -- The ninth "Hellraiser" has been finished and is currently screening at some festivals. But it isn't what you would expect it to be.

No, the ninth "Hellraiser" movie is a fairly well-received "fan" film that runs over 20 minutes and is screening at horror fests. In fact, it played at Monters Among Robots in Van Nuys, CA Sept. 16. Of course, it also has an official site which can be accessted at http://www.hellraiserprophecy.com/. The next screenings are Sept. 22-24 at FantasyCon in Nottingham, England, U.K.

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