It isn't easy for horror fans to see so many of their favorite characters just sitting on the shelf. While there are plenty of Jason, Freddy, Michael Myers, and Pinhead fans out there, studios just haven't been able to come up with a successful formula that will allow them to produce regular quality sequels.

Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer were working on both a reboot of Hellraiser and Halloween 3D, but a recent update from Todd Farmer reveals that they are off now off the Hellraiser project.

During a recent interview with Bloody Disgusting, Todd Farmer makes it sound like the issue with Hellraiser moving forward may have been rating related:

BD: So what is the status with 'Hellraiser'? Are you guys still involved?

Todd Farmer: I don’t think so. We developed several versions for Dimension, but in the end we never saw eye to eye creatively. We wish them the best and look forward to seeing what they come up with.

BD: Was it something that you and Patrick developed together?

TF: Yeah, before 'Drive Angry' we pitched 'Halloween', 'Hellraiser', and 'Scanners' to Bob Weinstein. We did our draft of 'Halloween' right before we went off to do 'Drive Angry', then, right AFTER 'Drive Angry' they asked us to do 'Hellraiser'. Originally what they wanted was epic and dark, rated R. It was in our contract. So... if WE do 'Hellraiser', it’s rated R; if they want to do PG-13 then they have to get rid of us.

As for a new entry in the Halloween series, Dimension Films has already set a release date of  October 26, 2012, but the project has not officially been given to anyone yet:

TF: Absolutely. The date has been set. October of 2012. And even that can be pushed forward if the movie’s ready, like the last couple. They’re listening to ideas and pitches... I don’t know what the future holds, but I know there will be another one.

For more information on Todd Farmer's idea for their proposed Halloween film, as well as discussing the possibility of Dimension going the "found footage" route, visit the source link below. After Apollo 18 failed to catch on with the PG-13 rating and the found footage marketing, we're hoping that it convinces Dimension to stick with the traditional route for any future Halloween and Hellraiser releases.