‘Scanners’ series in development at HBO with production by David Cronenberg


A serialized version of the David Cronenberg movie “Scanners” is in development at HBO, Variety has confirmed.

According to the official description, the series is set in the mind-blowing world of David Cronenberg’s groundbreaking film. Pursued by ruthless cops with unimaginable powers, two women living on the fringes of modern society must learn to work together to topple a massive conspiracy determined to be after them.”

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William Bridges (“Black Mirror”, “Stranger Things”) will serve as writer, executive producer and showrunner on the series. Yann Demange (“’71”, “Lovecraft Country) will direct and executive produce through Wayward Films. Cronenberg, who wrote and directed the original film, will serve as executive producer. Michael Ellenberg and Lindsey Springer will executive produce on behalf of Media Res Studio. Meredith Duff and Sarah Sullivan of Wayward Films will also executive produce, along with René Malo and Fanny-Laure Malo, Pierre David, Clark Peterson and Aaron Gilbert.The show is a co-production between HBO, Media Res Studio and Wayward Films.Media Res announced first stated that they were working on the serial version of “Scanners” in 2017.

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Should the “Scanners” series continue, it would be the second series adaptation of any of Cronenberg’s films in recent years. Amazon is currently preparing a serialized version of its movie “Dead Ringers” starring Rachel Weisz in the dual lead roles as twin sisters.

“Scanners” was originally released in 1981. The film followed a man who discovers he is one of 237 “scanners” – humans with incredible psychic powers – after being recruited by a private military contractor to control an evil scanner called Revok. (Michael Ironside). The film also starred Stephen Lack, Jennifer O’Neill and Patrick McGoohan among others. It went on to gain cult status, mostly due to the infamous sequence in which a scanner’s head explodes. Since then, four sequels have been released, although Cronenberg was not involved in any of them.

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There had been talks about a serial release produced by Dimension Films in 2011 and about a new movie reboot, though none of those projects went ahead in the end.

The Hollywood Reporter first brought news about the “Scanners” series.

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