's disturbing cult classic Videodrome was a triumph of the director's weird style, previously seen in Rabid, The Brood and Scanners, freaking audiences out with it's creepily disturbing imagery. The film told the story of a new form of TV program which depicted torture and death, and ultimately killed those who watched it. It featured freaky sex, disturbing violence and the massively Cronenbergian line "Long live the new flesh". It was a great film, and now Hollywood plans to remake it. According to Deadline commercial director Adam Berg has been brought on board, along with producer Daniel Bobker. The script has been written by Ehren Kruger and the team's vision couldn't be more different from the original:
When Kruger and [Producer Daniel] Bobker set it up at Universal, 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.
What the hell? As if remaking Videodrome wasn't bad enough, changing the story, introducing nanotechnology; why not just write a new film with those themes and leave the original film alone? The project is still in its early stages, so perhaps there's still time for it to be scrapped— a little strong I know— but I'd rather not see this film made of it's going to be like that. It's interesting to think that there's money behind an effort to remake this film, but not enough to allow Cronenberg to make a sequel to Eastern Promises.