In a move that really seems to say “Death to Videodrome! Long live the new flesh!” Universal is looking to remake David Cronenberg’s insane 1983 sci-fi film Videodrome.
According to Variety, Universal–distributor of the original film–is taking it upon themselves to remake the film before anyone else has a chance. There’s no word yet on whether or not Cronenberg will be involved with it as he’s currently busy with preproduction on The Matarese Circle, starring Denzel Washington and Tom Cruise.
The original film was about a low-rent TV station that begins broadcasting snuff films which transfix the audience and eventually destroys them. It’s a strong satirical concept for the Saw-plagued entertainment world of today and might prove pretty good, but plans seem to be to turn it into a “large scale sci-fi action thriller.” Something to go up against Chris Nolan’s Inception, maybe?
The script is being written by Ehren Kruger (Reindeer Games, The Ring, and this summer’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen) and will be produced by him and Daniel Bobker.