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Cronenberg's Videodrome is the latest movie on the remake bandwagon

Aug. 22, 2012by:

VIDEODROME, David Cronenberg's body horror satire about television and media, is going to be remade by Universal. Award winning commerical director Adam Berg will take on duties behind the camera. The remake will be produced and written by Ehren Kruger (THE RING, REINDEER GAMES, TRANSFORMERS 2 and 3).

The original film starred James Woods as the CEO of a small cable station who stumbles upon a broadcast signal featuring extreme violence and torture. The layers of deception and mind-control conspiracy unfold as he uncovers the signal's source and loses touch with reality in a series of increasingly bizarre and violent organic hallucinations. It is memorable for the image of Woods' head being sucked into a television as well as the weirdest place anyone has every hidden a handgun.

Adam Berg has produced some visually stunning commercials, which are at the bottom of this article for your enjoyment. This could be an interesting remake if handled correctly. According to Deadline, Kruger's script will modernize the concept, infusing it with the possibilities of nano-technology and blow it up into a large-scale sci-fi action thriller.

Part of what made VIDEODROME work was the claustrophobic nature of the movie. Sure, the conspiracy was widespread through television broadcasts, but the movie felt closed in and haunting. Making this into another TOTAL RECALL would be a mistake.

What do you think of remaking VIDEODROME?

Extra Tidbit: There should be a rule that if Criterion releases a movie, it should never be remade.
Source: Deadline

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9:14AM on 08/23/2012

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Obviously the remake would have to be based around online videos. Some YouTube kind of site that specialises in violence and kinky sex. videodrome.com
I can see it. It'd work.
Obviously the remake would have to be based around online videos. Some YouTube kind of site that specialises in violence and kinky sex. videodrome.com
I can see it. It'd work.
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8:20AM on 08/23/2012
I'd question the value of someone else remaking a Cronenberg movie generally, the same as I'd feel if someone remade a David Lynch movie. It's a specific director taking the audience on a specific journey. Having said that, if this director has something new to bring to Videodrome's overlying concept, there's still potential for something interesting here.
I'd question the value of someone else remaking a Cronenberg movie generally, the same as I'd feel if someone remade a David Lynch movie. It's a specific director taking the audience on a specific journey. Having said that, if this director has something new to bring to Videodrome's overlying concept, there's still potential for something interesting here.
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7:14AM on 08/23/2012
Gotta say, I didn't see this as a property that would ever get remade or rebooted.
Gotta say, I didn't see this as a property that would ever get remade or rebooted.
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8:17PM on 08/22/2012
Fucking right! If there's a movie in need of an update from the screenwriter that brought us Transformers 2 and 3, IT'S THIS!
Fucking right! If there's a movie in need of an update from the screenwriter that brought us Transformers 2 and 3, IT'S THIS!
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7:26PM on 08/22/2012

COme on....

Enough is enough. Stop remaking horror movies or any movie that doesn't even need to be remade. I call PG-13 and no body horror. But maybe by the luck of god it'll turn out to be fuckin awesome. But that's a huge WHAT IF. But anyways it'll suck. Videodrome is a fuckin classic. Weren't they remaking THEY LIVE, also. Seriously remake fuckin SUPERNOVA that movie sucked cock. It was dreadful remake that or remake movies from the 50's like those cheesball b-movies.

Also would like to add I agree
Enough is enough. Stop remaking horror movies or any movie that doesn't even need to be remade. I call PG-13 and no body horror. But maybe by the luck of god it'll turn out to be fuckin awesome. But that's a huge WHAT IF. But anyways it'll suck. Videodrome is a fuckin classic. Weren't they remaking THEY LIVE, also. Seriously remake fuckin SUPERNOVA that movie sucked cock. It was dreadful remake that or remake movies from the 50's like those cheesball b-movies.

Also would like to add I agree with you on the tibbit. If I am not mistaking didn't Criterion do SALO? LMFAO what is hollywood going to remake that?

Hollywood grow a fuckin few pair of balls and brains and make some fuckin fresh ideas instead of remaking a fuckin movie every 2 days. Fuck it I am out before this turns into a stupid rant.
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7:15PM on 08/22/2012
As I said on Arrow, fuck this.

You can't improve upon a movie that had James Woods using a gun barrel to masturbate his VCR Vagina Gut.

Leave Cronenberg movies the fuck alone.
As I said on Arrow, fuck this.

You can't improve upon a movie that had James Woods using a gun barrel to masturbate his VCR Vagina Gut.

Leave Cronenberg movies the fuck alone.
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7:13PM on 08/22/2012
NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
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7:02PM on 08/22/2012
I'm not a fan of Videodrome but my reaction to a remake makes me want to do to myself what happened at the end.
I'm not a fan of Videodrome but my reaction to a remake makes me want to do to myself what happened at the end.
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