As much as I absolutely love David Cronenberg’s work, I do feel there is some room for improvement in many of his films. So when I read that his film Scanners was being remade, it didn’t really bother me, especially since Lions Gate Film’s is making it. Lions Gate has been really true to the genre and I trust everything they do- even ‘House of the Dead 2.’ Read on for the scoop.
Lions Gate Films are pushing ahead with a remake of Cronenberg classic “Scanners”. Artisan announced their interest to redo the film in 2002, but now that Lions Gate has taken over the company – it’s their baby. Pierre David, René Malo and Clark Peterson will serve as producers on the film. Cronenberg’s not keen on the idea saying previously that “I’d prefer that they not [revisit my earlier work]. I mean, I’m sure that Stanley Kubrick didn’t want to know about the minisereies of The Shining just like I’m not rushing off to watch the miniseries of The Dead Zone either. So it does happen. In this particular case it’s more intimate, because I created Scanners, but I don’t have the legal rights to control it. I could live without it.” He adds, “The chances that a good movie will be made from that are slim just because that’s in the nature of the business. Remakes of old movies are not always going to turn out good”. At the moment the movie is going out to directors – “Saw” helmer James Wan, passed on it apparently (he also passed on FOX’s remake of “The Fly”) – so will still be a while before it’s spooled out of a projector.