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Long Live The New Flesh, ‘Videodrome’ Reboot Has A Director

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One of the best movies of all time is getting a modern upgrade.

Celebrated commercials helmer Adam Berg is in talks to make his feature directing debut on Videodrome, the remake of the 1983 David Cronenberg-directed film that is set up at Universal Pictures. Deadline adds that Ehren Kruger (The Ring, The Skeleton Key) scripted the remake and is producing with partner Daniel Bobker. Why remake as film nobody but genre hounds have heard of? Beats me…

Berg won the Film Grand Prix at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival for his Carousel ad (below) for Philips, and has helmed numerous other commercials and short films.

James Woods starred in the original Videodrome as the head of Civic TV Channel 83. He makes his station relevant by programming Videodrome, a series that depicts torture and murder that transfixes viewers. When Kruger and 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.

  • Lonmonster

    How novel.

  • EvilHead1981

    While I doubt one could match Cronenberg’s original, I DO, in my deepest core, want the whole “body horror” trend to pick up again. I always loved body horror and how surreal it was. It’s more imaginative than grounded modernists want, but I’m hoping that whole “grounded realism” trend is near dead and a new generation will welcome something more fantastic and imagintive.

  • Nothing333

    What’s next a reboot of Citizen Kane? The original is a visionary masterpiece that needs no improvement or updating.

  • flesheater24

    No need for this. I like they are remaking the rockteer because well it needs it. LOL this surly doesn’t. Like why??? But if they somehow add like skype into the mix and IPOD’s and stuff. Maybe it will be good. But I highly doubt this is going to R and have any body horror. EPIC FAIL.

  • Aaron Emery

    I am usually an advocate for remakes, only because A) the original isn’t going anywhere. And B) there’s always the chance that it’ll be good. BUT you know what really makes me cringe? When the name Ehren Kruger pops up. Now that’s frightening.

  • Evil_Flip

    I really don’t get this remaking. The reason they do this is because they think that people will pay for this because they like/heard-of the original. and sadly enough people do. the other reason is that these ‘film makers’ are so pathetic that they can’t come up with something of their own. If they could and wanted to honor the original (bullshit they always say when making a remake) they could make a new movie that does that without using the name of the original. Just look at the movie Lockout, it looks like (and kinda is) a total ripoff of Escape from NY/LA but they made it their own and didn’t go out of their way to make us think it has anything to do with ‘Escape’.