Hellraiser remake director talks
We already knew that Pascal Laugier, the director of the horror film Martyrs that is receiving both criticism and praise for being so bloody and shocking, has signed up to direct the remake of Hellraiser, but we're all wondering how he's going to cope against the might of Hollywood.
He seems to believe it's simple and that he has plenty of outs should he not see eye to eye with the producers - that would be the Weinstein's - or not like the direction the film is going in.
He starts off by saying what a great fan he was of the original film and how much influence it had on him, etc, etc. Basically what every director says of the film he's about to remake. No Laugier there's no way you can win.
"Right now I have no reasons to refuse the opportunity because IF I disagree with the producer I would leave the project. You know, I'm not forced to do ANYTHING I don't want. So, let me write the first draft, let me tell you what all the American producers have reacted to the reading of the first draft and I will tell you if I'm in good hands or if I'm gonna leave a hellish experience but in ANY CASE, I won't betray Clive Barker's work. I want to do a fresh film filled with a lot of unexpected and surprising things. At the same time, I want it to be connected to the real, original material."
Well it does sound as though he's going to be trying to do it justice, but it does confuse me a little as I thought that way back Clive Barker himself had written the remake script. Apparently this isn't the script that they'll be going with and Pascal Laugier is talking about his first draft, so Barker's version might well be gone.
"...right now I trust the guys in Dimension [Films] You know? It's all a matter of human relationship. I talk a lot with Bob Weinstein, he cares about the projects, he's a movie buff, he knows a lot about cinema. But at the same time he's Bob Weinstein and he's a very realistic money maker. So it will be a battle, and I hope that a balance will be found so the film will be close to my vision."
I would think that if Weinstein really is a film fan then he'd be a bit better at making the projects work, or picking the right ones in the first place. From the outside it does seem that the company is a company first, out to make a profit, and at the back is the film issue.
Still, perhaps we will see a worthwhile Hellraiser that turns back to the original story, but I still don't understand why we're not seeing Clive Barker's script remake come through for Laugier, was it just not good enough?