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Dimension revives ‘Hellraiser’ franchise

Company taps 'Bloody Valentine' duo for reboot

Dimension Films has tapped scribe Todd Farmer and helmer Patrick Lussier to breathe life back into the “Hellraiser” franchise.

Original 1987 pic was based on the Clive Barker novel about a family who moves into a new house and are terrorized by demons known as Cenobites.

Though the New World release grossed only $14 million on its original theatrical release, the pic yielded seven sequels.

“Hellraiser’s” notorious villain Pinhead was played by Doug Bradley, though it hasn’t been decided if Bradley would return.

Barker, who directed the original and served as producer or exec producer on the follow-ups, will produce the reboot along with Joe Daley and Anthony DiBlasi. Bob Weinstein and Matthew Stein will exec produce.

Farmer and Lussier most recently worked together on “My Bloody Valentine,” which brought in $100 million worldwide and opened the door for them to work together on the “Hellraiser” update.

Lussier got his start at Dimension as editor on the “Scream” films. He and Farmer got the ball rolling on a possible “Hellraiser” reboot by pitching an origins story to Dimension and Weinstein Co. execs.

“We see this as an opportunity to reinvent this franchise while still staying at its core roots,” Stein told Daily Variety.

Production is expected to get under way next year for a late 2011 or early 2012 release.

Dimension is also adding to its horror stable with a sequel to “Piranha 3D,” to be directed by John Gulager.

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