David Cronenberg ‘Scanners’ Getting the TV Series Treatment
You’ve seen the exploding head GIF a thousand times; now learn its Cronenberg-ian origins. Iconic ‘80s sci-fi horror film Scanners is next on the docket for a TV reboot, after spending years in development hell.
Per Deadline, the 1981 film rights have landed with Michael Ellenberg’s Media Res and Bron Studios, despite film and TV outlets like Lionsgate, Paramount and Skydance all interested in the property. No network is yet attached to a Scanners reboot, though Ellenberg and Bron will “develop and package the TV series adaptation with a high-end filmmaker and showrunner before shopping it to premium services.”
For those unfamiliar, the David Cronenberg-written and directed Scanners followed telepaths and telekinetics hunted by private security firm ConSec, who also had a hand in their creation. Stars included Jennifer O’Neill, Steven Lack, Michael Ironside, and Patrick McGoohan. The Weinstein Co.’s Dimension Films tried for near of a decade to get a new Scanners movie or TV series off the ground, before the rights became available available.
Stay tuned for the latest on how Media Res and Bron Studios fare adapting the iconic sci-fi horror film, and have a look at the original trailer below, while you’re at it.