David Cronenberg’s Videodrome ranks pretty high on the list of “films we never want to see remade,” but you can’t always get what you want – and Universal is one step closer to bringing “the new flesh” to an entirely new audience.
Deadline reports that the studio has opened talks with director Adam Berg in hopes of hiring the short film and commercial filmmaker to helm the updating of Cronenberg’s 1983 cult classic. If he accepts the job, he’ll be building a film based on an updated screenplay from scribe Ehren Kruger.
Berg is an award-winning commercial director, having won the Film Grand Prix at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival for his ad “Carousel” for Philips. That’s great, but it doesn’t exactly lead me to believe he’s ready to direct a remake of one of the most mind-bending films of the past 50 years.
Cronenberg’s original film was an eerily prescient examination of the power of television and media on the individual. The trippy, nightmarish film featured Cronenberg's fascination with bodies in revolt and violence, but was more than just your standard horror flick. James Woods and Deborah Harry starred.
With advances in technology and the arrival of the Internet, there’s new ground to explore in an updated Videodrome – but it’s going to take a truly visionary filmmaker and writer to really give those ideas a proper examination. We’ll cross our fingers and hope for the best, but it’s hard to imagine anyone topping Cronenberg’s original.
Take a peek at Berg's commercial below.