''Hellraiser'': Dimension plans a reinvention | EW.com


''Hellraiser'': Dimension plans a reinvention

Plus: John Malkovich, Colm Feore starring with Angelina Jolie in ''Changeling,'' Conan O'Brien gets NBC comedy pilot, Don Imus set to return to radio this December, and more...


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Inside duo take on ”Pinhead”
Dimension Films is reinventing Clive Barker’s Hellraiser movie, setting Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo to write and direct the remake. Dimension was the studio behind the Halloween remake, directed by Rob Zombie. French filmmakers Maury and Bustillo previously wrote and directed Inside, a supernatural thriller picked up by the Weinstein Co. earlier this year. Hellraiser was released in 1987, based on a Barker novella The Hellbound Heart. Barker wrote and directed the movie, which was about an unfaithful wife who attempts to assist her dead lover in his escape from hell. Along the way we were introduced to a race of demons called Cenobites, who were summoned using an antique puzzle box. Among them was Pinhead, one of the more enduring horror characters of the past two decades. Dimension hopes to make the reinvented movie pre-strike. (Hollywood Reporter)

Malkovich, Feore tapped for Changeling
John Malkovich, Colm Feore (24), and Jeffrey Donovan (Burn Notice) have joined Angelina Jolie in the cast of Changeling, a Universal/Imagine drama directed by Clint Eastwood. The story, based on real events, is about a woman (Jolie) whose son goes missing in 1920s Los Angeles. The police return the wrong child and the woman is thrown into an insane asylum for disagreeing with the LAPD. Eventually, evidence indicates that her real son was murdered, and the kid the police returned to her admits to the ruse. So the woman goes to the city council and takes down the mayor, the police chief, and several corrupt officers, which sparks changes in insanity legislation. Donovan will play a police captain, Feore, the chief of police, and Malkovich a reverend. Malkovich will next be seen starring in Robert Zemeckis’ Beowulf and Sean McGinly’s The Great Buck Howard. (Hollywood Reporter)

Conan O’Brien gets NBC comedy pilot
NBC has given a cast-contingent order to Man of Your Dreams, a comedy pilot from Conan O’Brien about a womanizer who tries to help women desperately in need of dating advice. Jay Lacopo (The Third Wheel) is writing the multicamera comedy and will executive produce along with O’Brien through O’Brien’s Conaco production company. Conaco, which most recently produced the failed Andy Richter comedy Andy Barker, P.I., has several other projects currently in the works as well. (Variety)

Imus set to return to radio in December
A deal is expected this week between radio personality Don Imus and Citadel Broadcasting, owner of ABC Radio Networks, that would put the jock back on the air on New York City’s WABC-AM, the nation’s largest talk radio station, as of Dec. 3. Imus is also seeking another national TV deal, similar to what he had on MSNBC while he had a radio show with CBS, which would help him secure big name guests. Matt Drudge reported last week that Imus will be doing a Barbara Walters interview ahead of his return to the air. Imus was let go from MSNBC and CBS Radio last April after he made racially insensitive comments regarding the mostly-black members of Rutgers’ women’s basketball team. (Variety)

Drew Carey launches current issues website
Drew Carey has teamed with nonprofit think tank Reason Foundation on a website that will feature short documentary videos about current issues. Reason.tv will show videos, hosted by Carey, focusing on subjects like eminent domain, drug laws, and immigration. The first video, released Monday (Oct. 15), looks at the problem of traffic congestion in Los Angeles, with Carey escorting a gridlock-plagued worker to his office via helicopter. (Hollywood Reporter)

Benjamin Bratt starring in A&E pilot The Cleaner
A&E has tapped Benjamin Bratt (E-Ring, Thumbsucker) for its upcoming pilot The Cleaner. The show is about William (Bratt), a man who finds his calling in helping others after hitting rock bottom during the birth of his twins. William strikes up a tentative deal with God, cleans up, goes to prison, kicks his addictions, and forms a team dedicated to helping others get away from their addictions by any means necessary. A&E is also negotiating with director David Semel to direct and executive produce the pilot. Semel has directed episodes of Heroes, Studio 60, House, and American Dreams, among others. (Hollywood Reporter)

T.I. denied bond
Hip-hop artist T.I. was denied bond on Monday (Oct. 15) during his initial court appearance on federal weapons charges. A bail hearing was set for Friday (Oct. 19). T.I. was arrested on Saturday for allegedly trying to purchase three machine guns and two silencers from a man cooperating with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Police also found a number of additional weapons at T.I.’s home. The rapper is not allowed to purchase any firearms as he is a convicted felon. (Billboard)

Lohan back in L.A., ready to start shooting
Fresh out of her latest rehab stint, Lindsay Lohan has returned to Los Angeles where she is set to start shooting on the tango-themed movie Dare to Love Me, the film for which she was preparing in July when she was arrested for DUI. (People)


AP via Yahoo!: Britney Spears turned herself in at a Los Angeles police station on Monday (Oct. 15) night to face charges of hit and run and driving without a valid license. The charges stem from an Aug. 6 incident during which paparazzi filmed Spears steering her car into another vehicle as she tried to turn into a spot in a Studio City parking lot.

People.com: Vincent D’Onofrio (Law & Order: Criminal Intent) and his wife Carin Van Der Donk are expecting a baby this winter. It will be the actor’s third child, and the second with Van Der Donk.