Commercial Director Adam Berg Remaking Cronenberg's 'Videodrome'
by Ben Pearson
August 22, 2012
The name Adam Berg might not be immediately familiar to you, but chances are you've heard it before. Though he hasn't made a feature film yet, the Swedish director created the acclaimed short film Carousel back in 2010 (watch it here) and was also in talks to direct Ryan Reynolds' Deadpool film before VFX artist Tim Miller ultimately scored that gig. Now Deadline reports that Berg will take on another high profile project for his feature debut: the remake of David Cronenberg's 1983 classic Videodrome, which has been in the works since 2009 with Transformers: Dark of the Moon scribe Ehren Kruger writing. More below!
It's useless to complain about a remake of Cronenberg's film because it's happening whether we want it or not, but COME ON, Hollywood: show some originality. The original, which starred James Woods as a sleazy TV executive who programs a series called "Videodrome" on his network that highlights murder and torture, was very much a product of its time. The home video boom was underway, and like Network before it, Cronenberg's film predicted a lot of cultural trends that would ultimately come true in our world.
The only way a remake would have close to the same relevance is if they incorporated elements of the internet into the story, but Universal has already announced that they're going to turn this into a "large-scale sci-fi action thriller," which completely misses the point of the first movie. Hopefully Berg and Kruger can come up with an interesting take, but this is one of those projects that's so specifically tied to its auteur, I can't imagine someone else making another version of the story. Thoughts?