David Cronenberg’s Scanners is a classic in every sense of the word. Its sequels? Not so much. So maybe this property can fare better on the small screen? Deadline is reporting that in a competitive situation, Michael Ellenberg’s Media Res and Bron Studios have acquired the rights to David Cronenberg’s classic 1981 sci-fi thriller feature Scanners to develop as a TV series.
Ellenberg and Bron landed the rights in a bidding war with multiple film and television studios, including Lionsgate, Paramount and Skydance, vying for the title.
Written and directed by Cronenberg, Scanners is about an underground network of people born with telekinetic powers living on the fringes of society that are hunted down by the forces that created them. Ellenberg and Bron plan to develop and package the TV series adaptation with a high-end filmmaker and showrunner before shopping it to premium services.
Ellenberg will executive produce alongside Bron’s Aaron L. Gilbert and Danielle Reardon, as well as Clark Peterson (Monster) and Pierre David, who was an executive producer on the original film. Also serving as executive producers are Rene Malo (Decline of the American Empire) and Fanny-Laure Malo, who represent the rights holder on the property, Canada’s Laurem Productions.
Scanners only recently became available. For about a decade the rights were held by The Weinstein Co.’s Dimension Films, which tried developing the title as a movie and then a TV series with Rene Malo, Peterson, and David attached as producers to both incarnations, none of which came to fruition.
More as it comes.