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Director Pascal Laugier spoke with Ain’t it Cool News with regard to his planned remake of Clive Barker’s Hellraiser. In the thoughtful conversation, the director of Martyr, was dismissive of the remake culture and lamented that his foreign film was already in the Hollywood pipeline for Americanization.
He noted, “I haven't been challenged by a horror film for a long time, you know? It doesn't mean that there aren't good films, I see a lot of good films, but I'm talking more about the very, very low budget you know? And I'm talking more about the direct to DVD community. Because these films are shot more and more on Dv for a very very low budget so the guy who does the film is totally free because he deals with such a low amount of money he could do what he wants and nine films out of ten »
- Robert Greenberger
It's "a child's dream coming true," says Director Pascal Laugier, recalling the how the original Hellraiser shocked and inspired him as a 13-year-old boy. Now tapped to direct the Hellraiser remake, Laugier tells Ain't It Cool News that he would never betray Clive Barker's original conception and, noting that he has a much larger budget than the original, says, "It will be of course more epic, it will be bigger, and I hope that it won't be softer." Given his earlier work on the controversial French horror flick Martyrs, which one reviewer termed "the new yardstick against which all forms of extreme genre films should be measured against," a softer treatment seems rather unlikely.
Link | Posted 12/29/2008 by reelz
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Pascal Laugier, director of the French horror film Martyrs , opened up to the fellas at AICN to talk about his upcoming Hellraiser remake set up at Dimension Films...and another re-telling that was, well, pretty inevitable. Regarding his vision of Pinhead's return, Laugier, who speaks frankly about the Weinstein brothers, says he's hewing close to Barker's novella. "We'll get the chance to have much more money than even Clive had in the first film, so it will be of course more epic, it will be bigger, and I hope that it won't be softer. And right now I trust the guys in Dimension [Films]. 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 »
I guess the first bit of news that should be mentioned from AICN’s interview with Martyrs director Pascal Laugier is that an American remake of Martyrs is already in the works. It is, of course, not surprising in the least considering how well received the film has been since its festival debut, but it's a little disappointing nonetheless.
Dimension has the remake rights, and according to Laugier it’s in the very early stages of development. But the meat of this interview is the discussion about Hellraiser and Laugier’s intentions with his remake of it, which is also with Dimension:
”We'll get the chance to have much more money than even Clive had in the first film, so it will be of course more epic, it will be bigger, and I hope that it won't be softer. And right now I trust the guys in Dimension [Films], you know? »
- Johnny Butane
Last year we were excited about Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury (the directors of Inside) getting behind the camera of Dimension's planned Hellraiser remake. After they left the project, we lost all interest... until we saw Martyrs. When we broke the news that director Pascal Laugier would be bringing Pinhead back to the big screen, we immediately found ourselves excited again. Hopefully he can put his stamp on the film without the Weinstein's trampling all over it. Beyond the break you can read about his ambitions and promises for the remake, while he also reveals that Dimension is already planning to remake Martys here in the States (why?). »
What is the international watch list you ask? In their own words it's "an unofficial list of the American film industry's favorite foreign feature and short films from the past year." which is compiled from over fifty Us film executives and their assistants who vote for five foreign features and shorts. Why are we sharing this with you? Well first off to show that there are some people in Hollywood who actually have some good taste in film (shocking, I know) and the other is that we've actually covered many of the films and shorts on this list, and in fact were the first news site (at least among the larger English film community) to bring you news of the top short film with 10 votes, Afterville, and two of the features on the list, Before the Fall and The Square. Not surprisingly, Let the right one in is the top »
Canadian production house Zone Film will produce Jeff Welch teen horror script Piecemeal with producer Simon Trottier of Tcb Films. The Hollywood Reporter says it's "the tale of a teen who struggles to control his rage while living the life of a brutally abused young man in recurring nightmares." Zone's Daniel Roby aims to begin principal photography next fall. Seville Pictures is going to distribute the film in the U.K. and Canada. Trottier's most recent project was Pascal Laugier's Martyrs . »
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Canada’s Zone Films will produce a horror film called Piecemeal, to be shot next fall. Daniel Roby will direct from a screenplay by Jeff Welch.
Piecemeal centers on a teenaged boy who is plagued by nightmares in which he is horribly abused, and who fights to control his resulting rage in his waking hours. Zone Film topper Roby previously directed 2004’s vampire drama La Peau Blanche (White Skin; pictured), an adaptation of Joël Champetier’s novel that won an award for best Canadian debut feature at the Toronto International Film Festival, and was released on U.S. DVD as Cannibal by Lionsgate. The producer of Piecemeal is Simon Trottier, whose credits include Pascal Laugier’s much-buzzed-about new gorefest Martyrs. Seville Pictures will release the movie in Canada and Britain, with no U.S. distributor currently set. »
Zone Film is delivering a slice of horror with Jeff Welch's Piecemeal, a pretty interesting film that tells the tale of a teen who struggles to control his rage while living the life of a brutally abused young man in recurring nightmares. Daniel Roby is set to direct the film next fall after helming Remstar Prods.' 1970s-era saga Funktown in March. Seville Pictures will distribute the film in the U.K. and Canada, which means a Lionsgate release in the States is highly probably. Roby scored the Toronto International Film Festival's best Canadian debut feature award for his vampire thriller White Skin, which is a fav here on B-d. Tcb Film's Simon Trottier will produce the film - his recent Toronto thriller Martyrs helped land director Pascal Laugier a gig helming Dimension's next Hellraiser film. »
New York -- Zone Film is delivering a slice of horror with Jeff Welch's "Piecemeal."
Roby is set to direct "Piecemeal" next fall after helming Remstar Prods.' 1970s-era saga "Funkytown" in March. Seville Pictures will distribute the film in the U.K. and Canada.
All the principals are well versed in genre films. The Icm/Gotham Group-repped Welch has penned sci-fi projects in development at Universal ("Zooport") and Warner Bros. ("Human Nature").
The Icm-repped Roby scored the Toronto International Film Festival's best Canadian debut feature award for his Zone-produced vampire thriller "White Skin." Trottier's recent Toronto thriller "Martyrs" helped land director Pascal Laugier a gig helming Dimension's next "Hellraiser" film. »
- By Gregg Goldstein
"Martyrs" director Pascal Laugier is taking his talent out of the Weinstein bros. handvs. After watching the "Inside" directors struggle to get a project off the ground, Laugier is putting his trust in Paramount Vantage where he will get behind the camera and direct "Details". He is still attached to Dimension's remake of "Hellraiser", but we expect that project to linger around for quite some time. French helmer Pascal Laugier ("Martyrs") will direct Paramount Vantage horror thriller "Details" from his own script for Blumhouse Prods. Jason Blum and Steven Schneider of Blumhouse will produce with Ian Levy. "Details", based on a short story by China Mieville, centers on a daughter who disappears after awakening supernatural forces that inhabit the random patterns of everyday »
There's nothing quite like a father incensed with possible harm to his kid and fighting the odds to find and save her. But it's familiar. We've been there, and seen that. So, what would that be like with a French director who freaked out film festival audiences with Martyrs? The Hollywood Reporter posts that Pascal Laugier has been tapped to write and direct a new supernatural thriller called Details. Based on a short story by China Mieville, the film follows a dad obsessed with finding his missing daughter. However, this isn't a simple case of kidnapping -- she disappears after "stirring up dark forces." But if you want something more familiar, the man is also bringing us the Hellraiser remake.
In other news...
Are you ready? Hollywood is bringing us a romcom that will strap us in seats for a full month of romantic comedy! Okay, not quite, but The »
- Monika Bartyzel
The last we heard from French director Pascal Laugier (pictured above) was that he was potentially attached to direct the Weinstein Company's Hellraiser remake. However, it seems that gig may not exactly be his next, as it was announced today that Laugier will direct a horror thriller for Paramount Vantage titled Details. Laugier, of the highly praised French horror film Martyrs most recently, will write and direct the adaptation, which is based on a short story by China Miéville. The film centers on a daughter who disappears after awakening supernatural forces that inhabit the random patterns of everyday objects. According to reports, Laugier is still attached to direct the Hellraiser remake. But with the Weinstein Company on the ropes, it's likely that Laugier will shoot Details before he gets back to Hellraiser. Both seem like very intriguing projects for the French filmmaker, although I'm personally much more interested in Details »
- Alex Billington
Okay, this is my third consecutive attempt at writing this post, with each of the two previous attempts sucked mysteriously into the ether. Which is strangely appropraite, actually.
Variety has just broken word that Martyrs director Pascal Laugier will not be shooting the announced remake to Hellraiser any time soon, after all, despite initial word to the contrary. Though Laugier is still attached to that project it’s going to have to wait a while if he’s actually going to do it because what he’s actually going to do next is an adaptation of China Mieville short story Details.
Now, for the unfamiliar, Mieville is one of genre fictions very finest writers. I hestitate to call what he does fantasy, exactly, because it fuses in a lot of other elements but it’s closer to that than anything else and whatever you call it Mieville is just brilliant. »
- Todd Brown
- This year's Euro "It" horror helmer is being thrown Hollywood projects left, right and center. After the news that Pascal Laugier is attached to be the successor behind the pinhead franchise re-birth (read here), the filmmaker behind the macabre Martyrs (one of the most unpleasant film experiences I've had in 2008) might actually be directing a horror thriller project for Paramount Vantage and prod house Blumhouse. Optioned by P-Vantage in October of 2006, the house originally set Dan Kay to write the script, but Laugier has done a rewrite based on a short story by British fantasy writer China Mieville. Details revolves around a girl who disappears after having uncovered a demonic force that only she can see and her father, who stops at nothing to bring her back. »
Martyrs ' Pascal Laugier is hitting Hollywood hard this season. The French helmer is attached to Dimension Films' upcoming Hellraiser remake and he has now signed with Paramount Vantage to write and direct Details . Blumhouse Productions (Jason Blum, Steven Schneider) and Ian Levy are producing this adaptation of China Mieville's short story about a young girl "who disappears after awakening supernatural forces that inhabit the random patterns of everyday objects." Laugier is taking over on writing duties after Dan Kay penned an initial adaptation. Paramount Vantage recently made headlines when it committed to remaking Lake Mungo with Vertigo Entertainment. Word through the grapevine is that this specialty division of Paramount is being groomed to become a »
The latest guy attached to the Weinstein Company’s remake of Hellraiser, Martyrs director Pascal Laugier, has just signed on with Paramount Vantage to helm a movie called Details according to this morning’s Variety.
Based on a short story by China Mieville, Details tells of a boy, charged with caring for a mysterious old woman, [who] discovers that strange and frightening forces live hidden in the lines, cracks and creases of our world, though from the sounds of it, the character will be a girl in the movie. The story originally appeared in Mieville’s Looking for Jake anthology.
Laugier will be working with Blumhouse Productions on Details, which the trade mentions is also working on Paranormal Activity for Dreamworks. That might mean our hopes from a few days back that the Activity remake was Doa may have been unfounded, which would be a shame.
Chances are Hellraiser will be coming first, »
- Johnny Butane
Martyrs may have split genre horror fans straight down the middle, they either loved it or hated it (I being in the former camp), but if you've been lucky enough to see it you know that Laugier definitely has some serious talent. Word is he'll be doing the Hellraiser remake which I'm quite excited about, not that I'm into remakes but I want to see what he'll do with Barkers book. Anyways he has a new project he'll be directing from his own script based on a short story by China Mieville which centers on a daughter who disappears after awakening supernatural forces that inhabit the random patterns of everyday objects. Apparently this has something to do with the psychological phenomenon called pareidolia and Mieville's short story was published in a book of Lovecraftian offshoots, so I'm excited and I hope math is involved because I really dig that style of film. »
Variety reports that Pascal Laugier (pictured), the French writer/director behind this year’s gorefest Martyrs, will helm the supernatural chiller Details for Paramount Vantage. He’ll also write the final script for the movie, based on a short story by China Mieville (from his collection Looking For Jake).
Originally adapted by Dan (Timber Falls) Kay two years ago, Details focuses on a father trying to track down his daughter, who has vanished after awakening demonic forces residing in the random patterns of everyday objects. The Blumhouse company’s Jason Blum and Steven Schneider (who are also behind the upcoming Paranormal Activity remake for DreamWorks) will produce the film with Ian Levy. This is Laugier’s second high-profile Hollywood project to be announced recently; he’s also attached to the long-aborning Hellraiser remake for Dimension (see item here). Martyrs hits U.S. DVD next spring from Dimension Extreme and Genius »
It's nice to see that Martyrs director Pascal Laugier is taking his talent out of out of the Weinstein bros. hands. After watching the Inside directors struggle to get a project off the ground, Laugier is putting his trust in Paramount Vantage where he will get behind the camera and direct Details. He is still attached to Dimension's remake of Hellriaser, but we expect that project to linger around for quite some time. French helmer Pascal Laugier ("Martyrs") will direct Paramount Vantage horror thriller "Details" from his own script for Blumhouse Prods. Jason Blum and Steven Schneider of Blumhouse will produce with Ian Levy. "Details," based on a short story by China Mieville, centers on a daughter who disappears after awakening supernatural forces that inhabit the random patterns of everyday objects. Dan Kay wrote the original adaptation. »
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