Videodrome remake talks to director
A remake of Videodrome has been on the cards since April 2009 and while the idea of a remake of the film wasn't totally horrendous the suggestion of what the remake might be offering was.
Nothing much has changed since then apart from the news today that the production of the remake are in talks with a director, an award winning commercials director no less.
For those of you who can't remember Videodrome is a 1983 film from David Cronenberg that has the excellent James Woods playing the head of a television channel who sees a private video called Videodrome, a series of underground films that shows torture and murder and garners a huge audience. Once he sees it he decides that he wants it for his channel but while investigating the source of the video he and his girlfriend get drawn into something much deeper, something that involves the use of television to control the minds of those who watch it.
When we first heard about the remake Ehren Kruger was set to write the script, and that had a few people concerned, mainly because Kruger was a co-writer on Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. However there are other credits to their writing career and those include The Ring and The Ring Two, The Skeleton Key, The Brothers Grimm and at the time the The Talisman mini-series.
So initially there was concern that Cronenberg's Videodrome was going to end up written the way of Transformers, and the original comments of the direction of the remake were backing up that idea:
The modernised script is going to look at nano-technology and it will become a "large-scale sci-fi action thriller."
I wasn't really sure how nano-technology fitted in but probably that was to update the whole videotape idea to new tech but the idea of it become a large scale science fiction action thriller sounded all too Hollywood.
Mind you let's not delude ourselves, Videodrome could easily be modernised and updated and deliver an interesting new story without being a poor remake, and all it needs is a good script and a good director.
So Deadline today reveals that Adam Berg who won the Film Grand Prix at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival is in discussions for the film, and if you want to know what he won the award for take a look below:
Impressive stuff, so depending on the script what does that mean for the Videodrome remake? Will we see the modernised version filled with nano-technology with the ability to really change that hand into a gun or pull it out of his stomach?