If you are a fan of the horror genre, then you will be psyched to know that some of horror’s cult favorites will be getting a TV treatment. Aside from the announcement that “Evil Dead” is coming to the small screen, another classic is reportedly in development — David Cronenberg’s “Scanners.” Read on for more about this news story.
“Scanners” have long been planned for television. Director Alejandre Aja (“High Tension”) was supposed to be working on the series sometime in 2011 and Shock Till You Drop was able to talk to Aja at the recent San Diego Comic-Con 2014 event who confirmed that the project is “moving along.”
“I think Cronenberg created a great world that is squeezed into two hours that don’t work. It’s an amazing concept for a TV show with this political contractor, a new kind of spy thing is perfect for television. It took some time but we found the right concept, the right approach for a show,” said Aja in an exclusive with Shock Till You Drop.
“Scanners” is also apparently already in talks with a network that will air the series, but further details to this have yet to be reported. Given the theme of the show, it would be safe to assume that the producers have been working it out with a cable network, given the stringent limitations of broadcast television.
“Scanners” first debuted in theaters in 1981. The film starred Jennifer O’Niell, Patrick McGoohan and Stephen Lack. It was directed and written by David Cronenberg, who, in his later years, did Oscar-worthy films like “Crash” and “A History of Violence.”
The movie revolved around people with telekinetic and telepathic abilities; hence, they are called “scanner.” They are under control by ConSec for the company’s own gain. One scanner, however, turned into a renegade and fought against ConSec, while another scanner was created by the company to stop the rebellion. While the film did not win any major awards, it had maintained a cult following. Sequels and spinoffs were subsequently made in the 1990s, and a possible remake of the movie was broached in 2009. The film remake has not yet materialized.
There you have it, the latest news about “Scanners,” which is being developed for the small screen. What do you think? Would you watch “Scanners” once the TV show debuts? Check out the video below featuring the trailer of the original 1981 movie. For more details about this project, follow the development updates here on Movie News Guide (MNG).
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