"I think the biggest thing is, and we talked about this a lot recently, is that we have no intention of remaking Clive's movie. Clive's movie is obviously not like remaking My Bloody Valentine, or Happy Birthday to Me, or Terror Train or Prom Night - those are all very specific movies at a specific time with a specific purpose. As fun as they are, and that's not to take away from them, they were clearly business ventures. Hellraiser, obviously, was not. It was a personal story for Clive and Clive is a true artist. It didn't feel right to us to retell Clive's story. That's Clive's story. At the same time, there have been a variety of Hellraiser movies and movies that play within the world that he created. And none of them have really gone behind the curtain of what that world is. So that was basically what we offered up to Dimension Films as something unique and different that stays true to Clive's originality, but, at the same time, pays no disrespect to it."
With that in mind, the duo described what is more suited to describe the Hellraiser film as a "reboot" of sorts, rather than remake.
"We're keeping it within the world of the box. What the box is and what the box does."
"Clive's film is very personal. That's a difficult story for us to come in and re-tell."
"To go in and tell the story of Frank and the family wouldn't be right. What we went in to pitch with at Dimension was to come at it from a different angle, but go into the same world and see things you haven't been able to see in the other movies. There have been so many films, how can we make this one different?"
In addition, despite online reports, the film will not be PG-13. Said Lussier,
"We had the contracts changed to specifically say we were delivering an R-rated film. The treatment we turned in, it was like, if you're expecting a happy ending, stop reading now."
Hellraiser was released September 11th, 1987 and stars Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence, Sean Chapman, Oliver Smith, Robert Hines, Anthony Allen, Leon Davis. The film is directed by Clive Barker.