Scanners Remake Being Directed by Horror Master Darren Lynn Bousman
by Alex Billington
February 28, 2007
The ever-so-popular Saw II and Saw III director Darren Lynn Bousman has signed on for yet another film after Saw III made an enormous $80 million at the box office (a $70 million profit). This time it's under Bob Weinstein and Dimension Films instead of Lionsgate, with which he was signed for two films, the second of which is not yet revealed. Don't knock this remake yet, every aspect of it seems perfect, from the producers, the screenwriter, and director - it could be good!
The news from Variety states that the rights were bought for a remake of David Cronenberg's 1981 sci-fi horror movie Scanners recently and Bousman was chosen to direct for a late 2008 release. A few more details about the project were discussed, including a familiar screenwriter who will be writing the remake, and Bousman's busy schedule throughout the rest of this year.
For those that don't know, the film is about a scientist who infiltrates an underground movement of "scanners," whose telepathic abilities make them lethal weapons. The remake is being written by David Goyer, who's done some great writing previously including the screenplay for Dark City and Batman Begins. He was considered to direct The Flash, but instead was taken off the project in favor of a different director.
Darren Bousman has become increasingly popular in the horror scene, not only taking on this project for 2008, but also working on Saw IV and his own personal project Repo! The Genetic Opera!, a horror musical. Saw IV begins production on April 15th, and then Bousman will move straight into Repo!, then follow up with Scanners in early 2008, which will have the script completed by then. Looks like some exciting times ahead for Bousman!