Universal Remaking Cronenberg's Twisted Videodrome
by Alex Billington
April 26, 2009
Another day, another remake. Universal has announced that they are remaking David Cronenberg's 1983 thriller Videodrome. They've already hired writer Ehren Kruger (of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen most recently) to put together a script, with Daniel Bobker (The Skeleton Key, The Brothers Grimm) producing. No word on a director or anything else, but they are modernizing it, turning into a "large-scale sci-fi action thriller." A remake of Cronenberg's Scanners is also in development, but it has hit some snags as of recent. Universal had to track down the rights all the way to Canadian distribution vet Rene Malo.
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. This updated remake will modernize that concept and infuse it with sci-fi elements like nano-technology. I'm not even going to really say much about this, because I know Cronenberg fans are going to tear this news apart. I'll wait to hear more before I start criticizing their decision, because who knows how it'll turn out, and it may introduce new viewers to Cronenberg's older work. As of now, Cronenberg won't be involved.