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Scanners Remake Plot Details from Screenwriter

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April 11, 2007

Back at the end of February we brought you news that David Cronenberg's 1981 sci-fi horror movie Scanners is being remade by Dimension Films and directed by Saw III's Darren Lynn Bousman. Today there is an update on that project and its revised plot from the film's screenwriter David Goyer, who just recently also spoke on his Green Arrow script. Fortunately Goyer has a lot of respect for Cronenberg, even calling him "a genius" in the interview at Sci Fi Wire, so let's hope he does a great job updating this remake's script.

Goyer shares his thoughts on where this script is heading and what the setting will be via Sci Fi Wire:

"Cronenberg embeds so much subtext into his stories," Goyer recently told SCI FI Wire. "So we've tried to keep the spirit of that and kind of transpose that into a post-9/11 world, if you can imagine what 'Scanners' would be involved in in that kind of world. That's what we're attempting to do here."

In the original Scanners, a number telepathic and telekinetic humans with immense powers, enough to literally even blow people's minds, planned to take over the Earth until a scientist infiltrates them. Fortunately for all of us, Goyer is a Cronenberg fan himself:

"I'm a huge Cronenberg fan, and Scanners was definitely one of my favorite films as a kid," Goyer said. "What we're trying to do is take all the best elements of that. … He obviously made it on a shoestring budget, so this time hopefully we can expand upon what he did."

We'll make sure to update you on this project as develops, which hopefully will result in a great, not a bad, remake. Production will likely not start until early 2008 given Bousman's busy schedule.

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  • Joe
    Why ? It's hardly an old movie is it? Why remake something so recent ? Talk about a lack of ideas in Hollywood. Scanners is a great film.....there is no need to try and improve on something that was great in the first place. I think it is truly pathetic that the movie world cannot come up with any original ideas and has to resort to remakes all the time. Either that or movie versions of old TV shows.
  • Snake
    I'm going to suck your brain dry.
  • jac_at_nac
    More like..."We've sucked our brains dry."

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