I prayed. I prayed hard. And for a while I thought my prayers were answered. This is in itself odd being that I’m a confirmed atheist!! But I should’ve known Universal was up to something due to them being so quiet. When I first started running Anything Horror I wrote my review of VIDEODROME (my review); which is easily in my top five favorite horror films of all time. Then by March 13, 2010 I was reporting on rumors of a VIDEODROME remake (my article) and that’s when i started praying to an empty sky hoping Universal abandoned the idea all together. Not only is Universal moving forward with a remake of one of David Cronenberg’s best films, but according to deadline.com, they’ve named a director. The man: Adam Berg.
Berg must have some crazy, mad directorial credits of films that push the boundaries and blur the line between good taste and out-right offensiveness. Right? Nope. This will be Berg’s directorial debut. His experience lies in commercials and some short films. Yikes. Is this really the best choice for a VIDEODROME remake, Universal?? Seriously?
Ehren Kruger has written the script and is also producing with Daniel Bobker. In case you’re not familiar with Kruger’s works, he’s the man who “wrote” TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN, TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON, and is penning the next in the TRANSFORMERS franchise. Yeah, I know. This has “disaster” written all over it. In case you’re not familiar with it, here’s a brief plot crunch:
James Woods starred in the original Videodrome as the head of Civic TV Channel 83. He makes his station relevant by programming Videodrome, a series that depicts torture and murder that transfixes viewers. When Kruger and Bobker set it up at Universal, they planned to modernize the concept, infusing it with the possibilities of nano-technology and blow it up into a large-scale sci-fi action thriller.
Oh f**k me!! More on this one as it becomes available.
What do you think?