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Videodrome redux!

04.27.2009

Love live the new flesh! Universal Pictures has signed writer Ehren Kruger to write and produce a remake of the 1983 David Cronenberg thriller VIDEODROME. Though it will share a name with the Cronenberg film, much will be updated, including adapting it as a "large-scale sci-fi action thriller."

The original film starred James Woods at his creepiest as the president of a TV station who, while searching for new programming, finds a mysterious signal that only seems to broadcast death and torture. Some crazy ass shit ensues. I'd imagine much of what made the original so impactful will be jettisoned for a more straight ahead type thriller, especially with Kruger's involvement (a writer who has experience with TV signal's causing death and destruction from THE RING).

At this point it doesn't appear as if Cronenberg himself will have any involvement as he's too busy prepping THE MATARESE CIRCLE for MGM. If you're going to check out VIDEODROME again, I highly suggest getting yourself the Criterion Collection on DVD.

Extra Tidbit: Roger Ebert reportedly called VIDEODROME "one of the least entertaining films ever made."
Source: Variety

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1:58PM on 04/28/2009

Could be sweet

The original was interesting, but very slow. If they could shorten it and throw in some nice F/X it might work.

Of all the Cronenberg films, I think 'Shivers' would make the best remake. Anyone else?
The original was interesting, but very slow. If they could shorten it and throw in some nice F/X it might work.

Of all the Cronenberg films, I think 'Shivers' would make the best remake. Anyone else?
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10:28AM on 04/28/2009
"large-scale sci-fi action thriller"
ughhhhhh, my brain just killed itself.
please god someone pull the plug on this.
"large-scale sci-fi action thriller"
ughhhhhh, my brain just killed itself.
please god someone pull the plug on this.
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6:37AM on 04/28/2009

"Love live the new flesh?"

I don't mean to be a Nazi about this.

Uhhh...don't you mean "LONG live the new flesh?"

What is with not even being able to get the first line of the article correct?

Nothing bothers me more than how you guy's don't give two shits about going over your work.

At least check the first line. Or are you guys not even re-reading your articles anymore, at all?

You guys have a major forum here that read your work everyday. Some people will never get that in a lifetime, and you're not
I don't mean to be a Nazi about this.

Uhhh...don't you mean "LONG live the new flesh?"

What is with not even being able to get the first line of the article correct?

Nothing bothers me more than how you guy's don't give two shits about going over your work.

At least check the first line. Or are you guys not even re-reading your articles anymore, at all?

You guys have a major forum here that read your work everyday. Some people will never get that in a lifetime, and you're not even putting effort into it anymore.

It's sad.

For mostly copy and pasted articles from some other source, then the bits you add in yourselves are usually lame titty jokes and/or crazy errors that would take one read through to fix.



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4:32AM on 04/28/2009

this is the worst idea

for a remake ever. Cronenberg already did eXistenZ, which was pretty much re-imagining this story in a different context. Also, making this into an action thriller? long live ehren kruger being brutally murdered before he can ruin anything else
for a remake ever. Cronenberg already did eXistenZ, which was pretty much re-imagining this story in a different context. Also, making this into an action thriller? long live ehren kruger being brutally murdered before he can ruin anything else
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1:52AM on 04/28/2009

F*** remakes

What will be Hollywood without remakes and marvel ?...nothing

it's the creapiest idea i heard since sarah paline as vice president of usa
What will be Hollywood without remakes and marvel ?...nothing

it's the creapiest idea i heard since sarah paline as vice president of usa
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11:02PM on 04/27/2009

Sags in his seat...

Another remake, yeah. Like everyone else Im tired of them. At this point Im passed getting upset, I just hope they can make the best movie possible.
Another remake, yeah. Like everyone else Im tired of them. At this point Im passed getting upset, I just hope they can make the best movie possible.
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6:12PM on 04/27/2009
I just bought the Criterion Collection DVD of VIDEODROME - for $3 at a library sale. Talk about a deal!

As for this: well, if it's well-made... *shrugs*
I just bought the Criterion Collection DVD of VIDEODROME - for $3 at a library sale. Talk about a deal!

As for this: well, if it's well-made... *shrugs*
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5:40PM on 04/27/2009
Maybe I'm just closed-minded, but "Videodrome" seemed to capitalize on the relatively new world of cable TV. What sort of new media outlet could they use here?

I'm not even gonna go into the genre change, though it may turn out being the only way something like this could work in today's world.
Maybe I'm just closed-minded, but "Videodrome" seemed to capitalize on the relatively new world of cable TV. What sort of new media outlet could they use here?

I'm not even gonna go into the genre change, though it may turn out being the only way something like this could work in today's world.
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4:02PM on 04/27/2009

Please Dont

So Lame!
So Lame!
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2:44PM on 04/27/2009
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2:33PM on 04/27/2009
"large-scale sci-fi action thriller"?
Fail.
"large-scale sci-fi action thriller"?
Fail.
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1:34PM on 04/27/2009
NOOOOOOOO!!!!!
NOOOOOOOO!!!!!
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12:40PM on 04/27/2009

Great movie... horrible remake idea...

Trying to make this work for the present will only dilute the original idea. They will end up turning this into something shitty movie like fear.com... so tired of the remakes...
Trying to make this work for the present will only dilute the original idea. They will end up turning this into something shitty movie like fear.com... so tired of the remakes...
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10:48AM on 04/27/2009

Eh

This movie was ok, but it definitely isn't anything that modern audiences will appreciate, so a remake is definitely a misguided idea.
This movie was ok, but it definitely isn't anything that modern audiences will appreciate, so a remake is definitely a misguided idea.
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10:07AM on 04/27/2009

CORRECTION

It's "Long Live the New Flesh". bless!
It's "Long Live the New Flesh". bless!
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