An 18th century-set show about a self-taught surgeon honing his skills on black market bodies?  Who better to helm such a series than the mind behind 'Scanners', 'Videodrome' and 'The Fly', David Cronenberg?

The acclaimed filmmaker is partnering with Media Rights Capital on a television adaptation of Wendy Moore's, 'The Knife Man', a biography of 18th century medical pioneer, John Hunter.  Cronenberg will direct the pilot and serve as an executive producer on the series.

Also on board are 'Friday Night Lights' writers, Rolin Jones and Ron Fitzgerald.  Sam Raimi and his Stars Road Entertainment partners are attached as executive producers.

As The Hollywood Reporter points out, Cronenberg's relationship with the series will be much like Media Rights Capital's deal with David Fincher on the upcoming Netflix series, 'House of Cards.'

Still in its infancy, the project has yet to cast a lead or be shopped to potential buyers.