“Long live the new flesh…”
David Cronenberg’s Videodrome, aside from being one of the director’s best works, was also my first exposure to the films of Cronenberg. So, this news causes my heart to sink a little…
Deadline are reporting that commercial director Adam Berg is the man that Universal have approached to direct the remake.
Berg previously won the Film Grand Prix at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival for his “Carousel” ad for Philips, and has helmed numerous other commercials and short films, though Videodrome would herald his feature film debut.
Released in the UK in November 1983, and starring James Woods and Blondie’s Debbie Harry, Videodrome is the story of a sleazy cable-TV programmer, who begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control in a very unusual fashion when he acquires a new kind of programming for his station, Videodrome, a series that depicts torture and murder that transfixes viewers.
The re-imagining has been penned by Ehren Kruger (Scream 3, The Ring, Transformers: Dark Of The Moon), who will also produce alongside partner Daniel Bobker. Their vision is believed to be somewhat different to Cronenberg’s original, with the pair planning to “modernize the concept, infusing it with the possibilities of nano-technology, and blow it up into a large-scale sci-fi action thriller”.
More as it comes.
SOURCE – Deadline