Universal is moving forward with a remake of David Cronenberg’s cult classic Videodrome and is in talks with a director to take on the project. According to Deadline, commercials and music video director Adam Berg is Universal’s choice for the remake. Should he sign on, this will be Adam Berg’s first feature film.
The script was written by Ehren Kruger, who is producing the film with Daniel Bobker. If you’re not familiar with Ehren Kruger, you’re definitely familiar with his work, as he has written for the following films: Scream 3, The Ring, The Ring Two, The Skeleton Key, The Brothers Grimm, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
In terms of what we can expect from the new film, it won’t be a shot for shot remake or horror film. It sounds like they are going with something similar to the recent Total Recall remake: “…they planned to modernize the concept, infusing it with the possibilities of nano-technology and blow it up into a large-scale sci-fi action thriller.”
For those that who haven’t seen Videodrome, it was directed by David Cronenberg, starred James Woods, and was released in 1983:
(Criterion Description) When Max Renn goes looking for edgy new shows for his sleazy cable TV station, he stumbles across the pirate broadcast of a hyperviolent torture show called VIDEODROME. As he unearths the origins of the program, he embarks on a hallucinatory journey into a shadow world of right-wing conspiracies, sadomasochistic sex games, and bodily transformation. Renn’s ordinary life dissolves around him, and he finds himself at the center of a conflict between opposing factions in the struggle to control the truth behind the radical human future of “the New Flesh.” Starring James Woods and Deborah Harry in one of her first film roles, VIDEODROME is one of writer/director David Cronenberg’s most original and provocative works, fusing social commentary with shocking elements of sex and violence. With groundbreaking special effects makeup by Academy Award-winner Rick Baker, VIDEODROME has come to be regarded as one of the most influential and mind-bending science fiction films of the 1980s, and The Criterion Collection is proud to present it in its full-length unrated edition.
Here is the original trailer (Spoiler Warning):