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Long live the new remade flesh

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Monday, April 27, 2009

David Cronenberg's 1983 cult film Videodrome is in the process of being remade, with the writer of The Ring and Arlington Road shaping the new film.

His name is Ehren Kruger and in addition to writing the screenplay for the new Videodrome he will also have a producer credit on the picture. Helping Kruger make Videodrome will be his business partner Daniel Bobker while Rene Malo, the Canadian businessman who held the rights to the property, will get an executive producer credit. The project has a home at Universal Pictures.

Variety has a lead about how the new Videodrome will be different from the original. The '83 version starred James Woods as a programming director of a small Toronto cable channel who is seeking a new show that will grab ratings. He finds it with Videodrome, a graphic program that has extreme violence and graphic content. However, the Videodrome signal also causes physical and mental changes in those that watch it, prompting the phrase "Long live the new flesh."

Kruger's idea for the new movie would incorporate nanotechnology, microscopic machines that can reshape matter on the cellular level, and also, as Variety puts it, "blow it up into a large-scale sci-fi action thriller."

Cronenberg isn't involved with the remake.

-Variety.
Baelzar
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Posted: 8 years 8 weeks ago

Excellent. The original was funky; now the technology has caught up.

Too bad they can't re-create the Debbie Harry nude scenes...

"INDEED!"
CadderlySoaring
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Posted: 8 years 8 weeks ago

Don't you just love you how the remake's plot concept takes away from what made Cronenberg's Videodrome unique? Gotta love it.

mckracken
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Posted: 8 years 8 weeks ago

I thought this had already been remade and it was called eXistenZ. this remake doesnt really bother me, as it was never promoted when it hit DVD, and its a GREAT James Woods sleeper thriller that got little praise or attention and was mostly ignored (kinda like eXistenZ) when it was released on DVD, doesnt get much airplay these days on Encore or Starz except sometimes after midnight you'll see it turns up on HBO or Showtime....

mckracken
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Posted: 8 years 8 weeks ago

eXistenZ. Written like this. One word. Small 'E', capital 'X', capital 'Z'. 'eXistenZ'. It's new, it's from Antenna Research, and it's here... right now.

mikebrowne
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Posted: 8 years 8 weeks ago

The original disturbs me every time I see it. Hopefully a remake will try to capture the spirit of the 83 version. You know it won't. I'm such a freakin' negaturd.