Monday, April 27, 2009

Universal Remaking David Cronenberg's Videodrome

Universal Pictures will remake the 1983 David Cronenberg-directed thriller "Videodrome," with Ehren Kruger set to write the script and produce with partner Daniel Bobker.

The producers tracked down the rights to Canadian distribution vet Rene Malo, who will be exec producer. Universal distributed the original and had first refusal on a remake, and the studio snapped up the opportunity.

The original "Videodrome" starred James Woods as the head of Civic TV Channel 83, who makes his station relevant by programming "Videodrome," a series that depicts torture and murder that transfixes viewers.

The new picture will modernize the concept, infuse it with the possibilities of nano-technology and blow it up into a large-scale sci-fi action thriller.

Looks like Hollywood is still sticking to their plan of remakes and sequels instead of going for newer things. I personally haven't seen Cronenberg's Videodrome so I don't really know what to expect from this. The story does sound somewhat interesting, but who knows. I'm going to have to get more detail on the film before I pass judgment on it.

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