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Scanners remake

02.28.2007
For all you regular readers who vehemently object whenever another remake is rumored or announced, this ought to make your head explode.

Dimension is remaking David Cronenberg's cranial-detonation thriller SCANNERS, and none other than SAW II and III director Darren Lynn Bousman will provide the intense staring and brain busting fun, with a script from BLADE trilogy writer David Goyer. The original flick (which spawned several cheapie sequels), perhaps best known for its grisly noggin bomb, was a conspiracy thriller about a group of people with varying morality and powerful telepathic abilities. Bousman will first finish the even more unnecessary SAW IV and his horror opera REPO before making veins burst on the remake, due some time next year.

I'm usually the first one in line at the Complaint Dept. about remakes, unless it's obvious something new can be done with the material besides exchanging previous actors with fresh faces. But Bousman knows his gore, and the original could benefit from better production values and acting (McGoohan and Ironside aside, Cronenberg's flick won't be analyzed for its phenomenal performances). It's just too bad this had to end up with the Weinsteins at Dimension, who seems to aggressively despise the very genre material they fund... unless your name happens to be Robert Rodriguez or Quentin Tarantino.
Extra Tidbit: The original concept for SCANNERS was as a (then) futuristic spy movie called TELEPATHY 2000.
Source: Variety

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6:57AM on 03/01/2007

sigh

Just have enough energy to type the 50 character "don't do it" response, and proclaim that yet another film won't see a dime of my hard earned money.
Just have enough energy to type the 50 character "don't do it" response, and proclaim that yet another film won't see a dime of my hard earned money.
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12:24AM on 03/01/2007
Its ok for Hollywood to remake a not so great movie, which Scanners is. Its entertaining, but the actor in the lead role was terrible and almost screws up the whole thing. The movie is at its best when Michael Ironside is on screen, and I hope they bring him back for this one. Its when they remake great movies, like Halloween, that they generally just suck.
Its ok for Hollywood to remake a not so great movie, which Scanners is. Its entertaining, but the actor in the lead role was terrible and almost screws up the whole thing. The movie is at its best when Michael Ironside is on screen, and I hope they bring him back for this one. Its when they remake great movies, like Halloween, that they generally just suck.
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10:22PM on 02/28/2007
i have absolutely no problem with remakes. and while i have not seen the original, i've seen Scanner Cop, and that was certainly entertaining.

i'm down for this.
i have absolutely no problem with remakes. and while i have not seen the original, i've seen Scanner Cop, and that was certainly entertaining.

i'm down for this.
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8:50PM on 02/28/2007
*slaps self in head* Oy...

...but at least a good writer and director are behind it. Maybe it won't be bad?
*slaps self in head* Oy...

...but at least a good writer and director are behind it. Maybe it won't be bad?
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8:46PM on 02/28/2007

Scan this Dimension!

I'd like to announce that next spring, I will be remaking Casablanca...starring chimpanzees in place of human actors. It will be set in the future and instead of transport papers, the story will revolve around a mystical toaster named Sanchez.
I'd like to announce that next spring, I will be remaking Casablanca...starring chimpanzees in place of human actors. It will be set in the future and instead of transport papers, the story will revolve around a mystical toaster named Sanchez.
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6:44PM on 02/28/2007
The director isn't one of my favs, but Goyer's writing could save the whole thing...
The director isn't one of my favs, but Goyer's writing could save the whole thing...
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