David Cronenberg’s absolutely mind-blowing first film, the 1975 horror movie Shivers, is getting a remake from producers Jeff Sackman and Michael Baker, Variety learned at TIFF.
The project was unveiled at the ongoing festival with the producers noting that Cronenberg’s film received a special screening at this year’s festival.
Producers are already planning to start shooting in February.
The remake of Shivers will be directed by Danish filmmaker Rie Rasmussen from a screenplay written by Ian Driscoll.
“In Shivers, a genetically-engineered strain of parasites that turn people into violent, compulsive sex-addicts is released into a self-contained luxury apartment complex. The resident doctor attempts to find a cure before the infected, nymphomaniac inhabitants spread their legs – and the parasites.”
The new Shivers will be updated for today’s social and sexual realities. In a post-HIV world, where people interact through screens rather than skin, the parasite breaks down those digital barriers. This is a world that is both more liberated than that of 1975, and more fearful and uptight.
The original film was written and directed by Cronenberg and produced by Ivan Reitman with Link and John Dunning as executive producers. It was also known in some countries as They Came From Within.
Sackman will produce via TAJJ Media and Baker will produce his Bunk 11 Pictures with the film’s original executive producer, Andre Link, returning in that role.