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Amazon Studios Adds Hellraiser to 'Zombies vs. Gladiators'

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood June 5, 2012 at 2:50PM

Heading toward mainstream film production where genre reigns supreme, Amazon Studios has hired "Hellraiser" creator Clive Barker to rewrite "Zombies vs. Gladiators."

Barker added, “Amazon Studios offered up the dream ticket with this project. In twenty five years of working in this town, I've rarely had people listen to what I had to say as closely and as carefully as they did and then simply give me the freedom to go do it. Amazon Studios is an innovative creative concept. I am looking forward to providing my own perspective to make Zombies Vs. Gladiators a highly commercial and entertaining movie.”

The author of the plays “The History of the Devil,” “Frankenstein in Love” and “Crazyface” and "The Books of Blood" short fiction collections and novel "The Damnation Game" moved to film in 1987 when he directed “Hellraiser,” based on his novella "The Hellbound Heart," which spawned sequels, comic books and  merchandising.  In 1990, he adapted and directed “Nightbreed” from his short story "Cabal."  Two years later, Barker executive produced the housing-project story “Candyman,” as well as the 1995 sequel, “Candyman 2: Farewell to the Flesh.”  Also that year, he directed Scott Bakula and Famke Janssen in the noir-esque detective tale, “Lord of Illusions.” He also executive produced 1998's "Gods and Monsters," which won a screenplay Oscar.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.