Long Live The New New Flesh? VIDEODROME remake in development...
Published at: April 27, 2009, 1:23 a.m. CST by headgeek
Hey folks, Harry here... In 1983, I did not see VIDEODROME. That was after my parents' divorce, and I'm relatively certain that it didn't play the nearest theaters to me in Wichita Falls, Texas at that time. However, when it hit HBO - I saw it at like 3 in the morning via Satellite on the Ranch I was living and I remember it freaked my shit right out!
David Cronenberg's VIDEODROME is as classic as they come. James Woods' performance is so freaky, the effects felt absolutely filthy. The concept of the New Flesh and the interactivity with video was mind-blowing to me as a kid - and watching that film today... It packs an even stronger punch because you realize just how pussy most of what we get today is by comparison.
So - it should put you at ease to know that Universal has snatched up the remake rights - and that Ehren Kruger (writer on ARLINGTON ROAD, THE RING remake, THE SKELETON KEY, THE BROTHERS GRIMM and this summer's TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN) is updating and most likely under the delusion of improving material that most likely will be... what? I kinda can't imagine what a big version of VIDEODROME would be intended to be.
Certainly - it'll forego the brilliant and innovative practical effects in lieu of the latest and greatest of digital effects, but will it be as sweaty and nasty and lurid as the original? Will it even touch on the psycho-sexual overtones?
I suppose all we can do is sit back and watch what happens to this classic material - and hope that a director comes aboard that has the brilliant imagination and the sack that Cronenberg had when he made the original.
In the Variety article by Michael Fleming - he mentions that both Denzel and Tom Cruise will each be making at least one film before they work together on Cronenberg's THE MATARESE CIRCLE - so I wonder if David would be interested in reapproaching the New Flesh given the 26 years that have passed since this film. Honestly - that's pretty much the only way I can conceive of being rabid for this remake. Meanwhile, Enjoy these...