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New Flesh Lives Again in Videodrome Remake

I did a Dread Central April Fool’s Day story a few years back touting Paul W.S. Anderson as writing/directing a remake of Videodrome. Today I get to do essentially the same story, only this time the remake is for real, and if nothing else, at least we can take pause in knowing Paul W.S. Anderson will not be involved.

In Hollywood’s continuing quest to remake every noteworthy horror picture of the last 35 years, today Variety reports that 1983’s Videodrome officially gets its turn on the remake chopping block courtesy of Universal, screenwriter Ehran Kruger (The Ring, The Ring 2, Blood & Chocolate), and his producing partner Daniel Bobker.

The David Cronenberg original was a truly bizarre mindfuck starring James Woods as a seedy TV producer who gets hooked on an underground snuff television program called “Videodrome” that seems to really get inside people’s heads, leading to surreal hallucinations that may not entirely be hallucinations at all and a strange conspiracy behind it all.

David Cronenberg has as of yet no involvement in the remake, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it stays that way. To recreate Cronenberg’s vision of the original seems almost impossible, and from the vague description of what the duo behind the new film have in mind, it sounds like we can expect this to be a dumbed down, far more mainstream take on the concept: “The new picture will modernize the concept, infuse it with the possibilities of nano-technology and blow it up into a large-scale sci-fi action thriller.

Videodrome … remade … as a large-scale sci-fi action thriller? The bloody hell? At least in my April Fool’s Day story I had Paul W.S. Anderson modernizing it by building it around the age of the Internet and not by trying to turn it into Total Recall with what will most likely end up to be a PG-13 rating.

Forgive me if this news does not make me want to jump up and shout “Long live the new flesh!

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  • LSD Zombie

    Leave Cronenberg the fuck alone! In my opinion, Ehren Kruger’s writing isn’t much better than Paul W.S. Anderson’s. Anderson sucks alot harder, but they’re both on bottom of the food chain.

  • Foywonder

    What concerns me most was reading the bit about nanotechnology and sci-fi action. Just gives me a bad feeling the nanobots will become the explanation for their body parts being able to morph into all sorts of weaponry. Visions of a Videodrome remake where a big selling point is guys with instantly morphing gun hands engage in shootouts keeps popping into my head.

    • ImTheMoon

      I know, once read “sci-fi action thriller” I got the sinking feeling that the people behind the remake had missed the point of the original film entirely.

  • Lunablix

    Ugh yet another craptaculour remake. I blame the general audiences for the constant mindless remakes. Most movies are no longer made because a filmmaker has a vision or great idea. Then comes in the general audience because now the film has to be dumb down so people don’t have to use their minds to understand the movie. Yes a lot of great movies come out every year but how many shitfests out number them each year and make more money.

  • Terminal

    Boy today has been a barrel full of great news stories.

  • plagiarize

    remakes are not an inherently bad thing… though remakes like this make it very difficult for me to hold onto that viewpoint.

    they may put out a good sci-fi action movie thing, but there’s no way it should be under the title Videodrome. Videodrome was what it was for the very simple reason that it was an original mindfuck.

    it was a product of it’s time, from the special effects to the betamax video cassettes. there’s no way you ‘modernize it’ technologically speaking… not without turning it into something completely different… and again, not something that should play on screens under the Videodrome name.

  • The Butcher

    That’s it man, I’ve had all I can stand.

    Stay tuned for a news story about me ending up in a bell tower with a sniper rifle.

    • Blockbuster

      One would think that you would end people with a meat cleaver with a name like The Butcher…but that’s just me. ;-)

      • PelusaMG

        I would hope that he would also name the cuts of meat as he doing that… “I’m going to slice your rib-eye wide open!”.

  • Cartoon Autopsy

    This has to be the worst idea ever in the long depressing history of remakes. period. I mean “a large-scale sci-fi action thriller”

    What the Fuck!? Have they ever even seen the fucking thing?!

  • jonny_numb

    With Kelly Clarkson as Nicki Brand.

  • ImTheMoon

    I’m going to go curl in a ball and cry.

  • frank_dracman

    The fuck indeed. Up next, Eraserhead starring people you don’t like and directed by some hack. Where’s my cancer gun…

  • Emy

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!

    Not a good news article to start my Monday with…

    :(

  • The Unknown Murderer

    “Ooh, look. A vagina in my iPod!”

    Looks around. Smiles.

    “Hee hee!”

  • Blockbuster

    The fuck?!