Barker on Hell, Thief & Gospels

Thief of AlwaysIf this were a just universe, studios would buy the movie rights to make an adaptation of Clive Barker’s work and then just step back and let the man do whatever needed to be done to make sure it turned out right. It is not, sadly, so Barker just has to go with the flow, even if it means the two guys who were supposed to remake Hellraiser, two guys he liked a lot, are removed and he has no say as to who does do it.

“I cannot confirm any names,” Barker told Fangoria during a recent chat. “However, the new Hellraiser is happening, I know that much. I am going to have some sort of relationship to it, although what that is will depend on if the narrative is one that I can get my heart behind. My sense is that it will begin shooting later on this year.”

Oh, man, from so much excitement to “if my heart is behind it”. How sad is that?

In slightly better news, Barker also mentioned the long-awaited adaptation of The Thief of Always, which is set to be directed by Shrek 2 co-director Kelly Asbury. He’s had no contact with the script but believes it will be turned in to Fox within a month. ”At that point, we’ll find out if they like it or not.”

And what of The Scarlet Gospels, Barker’s long-awaited Harry D’Amour vs. Pinhead novel? ”At some point in the next three or four years, I will get The Scarlet Gospels finished,” he promised the mag. ”It is an epic book, but it is my farewell to the hell part of my life. It also completely transforms the character of Harry D’Amour, so it is a very important part of my own little private mythology.””

Wow … three or four years, people. That’s just insane, but his reasons are understandable. Hit the Fango link above to read more!

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  • Sirand

    In 1212 the world ends. Clive needs to hurry the hell up!

  • Mr. Dark

    Three or four years?



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  • Agonistes

    Saddening news about the remake. But something worries me, when he says “my farewell to the hell part of my life”, does he mean its his farewell to horror in general?? cause we know he has been more on the side of the kiddy and fastastique stories lately.