Long Live the New New Flesh: 'Videodrome' Remake Coming

April 27, 2009


The immediately-dated cinematic possibilities of someone pushing their face into a YouTube clip are so wretched it's almost impossible to resist, and so Ehren Kruger, writer of the new Transformer, The Ring, The Ring Two, and the straight-to-video Rings, has made plans to write and produce a remake of the David Cronenberg's cult classic Videodrome:

Universal Pictures will remake the 1983 David Cronenberg-directed thriller "Videodrome," with Ehren Kruger set to write the script and produce with partner Daniel Bobker.

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

The new picture will modernize the concept, infuse it with the possibilities of nano-technology and blow it up into a large-scale sci-fi action thriller.

Just like with this new Tron, it seems like the decades of added perspective and semi-fulfilled technological predictions will be both a benefit and a detriment to any proposed remake. The world is closer to Videodrome concepts in 2009, and as such, the remake would enjoy a certain gravity and renewed relevance through its social commentary. However, at the same time, these ideas are no longer so prophetic today, so doesn't that render the basic concept of Videodrome a little flaccid and redundant?

Bear in mind, my skepticism in no way means I'm not looking forward to seeing how modern effects would achieve the film's epidermal cancer gun. I'm just a little concerned a CGI-rendered vagina-Blu Ray player might lack the corporeal horror and shame of the original's practically-created lady-part-VCR.

Universal to remake 'Videodrome' [Variety]

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