‘Videodrome’ Remake Lines Up Celebrated Commercial Director Adam Berg

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Videodrome Remake Finds Director Videodrome Remake Lines Up Celebrated Commercial Director Adam Berg

While Universal has been in control of the rights to remake David Cronenberg’s 1983 oddball classic Videodrome for some time they haven’t done much in the way of progressing the project into the production stage, until now. We knew that Ehren Kruger, one of the writers on Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, was scripting as well as producing the remake with Daniel Bobker, but the thought of redoing Cronenberg without that psychedelic ’80s context felt wrong.

Nevertheless, Universal is continuing to plug along, and today have announced celebrated commercial director Adam Berg will helm the project. Berg, best known for his freeze-frame Phillips Carousel commercial – the one featuring a swat team battling a troop of cops a la The Dark Knight – has yet to direct a feature film, although his star has been on the rise since snagging the Film Grand Prix at Cannes (for his work on the aforementioned commercial). This isn’t the first we’ve heard of Berg either — he was, at one point, being courted for the reboot of Daredevil.

There’s no denying that Berg has a certain sense of visual panache, and that he’s an exciting up-and-coming filmmaker, but handing over Cronenberg source material, and Videodrome at that, as a first feature is a bit odd.

As far as Videodrome is concerned, the original starred James Woods as the character of Max Renn, a down-and-out Cable TV station owner who was looking for the next big thing. Enter ‘Videodrome,’ a hyper realistic series based around crude acts of violence — that ultimately begins distorting its viewers’ sense of reality.

Videodrome was Cronenberg, who’d just literally blown minds with Scanners, firing on all cylinders. He’s now gone on to deliver more approachable, by comparison, fare in Eastern Promises and A History of Violence, but may be getting back into the groove with his most recent effort, Cosmopolis.

James Woods in Videodrome Videodrome Remake Lines Up Celebrated Commercial Director Adam Berg

There are several different ways in which Kruger and Bobker could approach Videodrome – set it as an expose on reality television, make yet another commentary on the media’s obsession with violence – but the two initially pitched the project to Universal with the intent to “modernize the concept, infusing it with the possibilities of nano-technology and blow it up into a large-scale sci-fi action thriller.” Granted, there are a lot of logic leaps that audiences have to make when viewing Videodrome, but attempting to explain the bizarre content away with nano-technology is likely to diminish the narrative’s appeal.

It’s still fairly early, but the placement of Berg on the project gives the impression it’s starting to get off the ground. Hopefully the combination of the director’s visual style and some strong writing from Kruger can help elevate the project to a status above being simply another ’80s sci-fi remake.


Source: Deadline

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  1. I’m very curious to see this. I’m a big fan of the original but with the pervasiveness of social media and the ever-shrinking news cycle this is the rare movie that offers a lot of potential as a remake. Sure, it won’t have “that psychedelic ’80s context” but there is lots to pull from on current day Earth. Strange to say this about a remake, but I’m actually looking forward to seeing what they do with it.

  2. Perfect. A commercial director to do a movie that serves no purpose but to advertise itself, on the subject of video entertainment rotting human minds. Sounds a treat.

  3. This will be another slick FX piece of garbage remake.

    • Yeah, I’m not getting it. Total Recall has just barely covered production costs so it’s still in the hole the marketing it took.

      You would think Hollywood would smarten up and stop using past movies to remake/reboot. For every one that is successful, nine more either failed outright or didn’t manage to exceed the original (and be truly profitable). For people so intent on spending millions to make millions, Hollywood is failing miserably.

  4. Ehren Kruger SUCKS! So will this remake!

  5. NO GOD PLEASE NO. I love the original film. Why :( why Hollywood

    • will a remake make you stop loving the original?
      nobody’s forcing you to watch, relax and enjoy the ride

    • “as long as we have a James Woods cameo im all for it!”

      Yeah, that would certainly make it all worthwhile.

  6. Ehren kruger is quite literally the worst screenwriter in hollywood. everything he touches turns to crap. And stop getting these commercial directors to remake old horror classics for their debut film! It hasnt worked out well before (marcus nispel, samuel bayer).

    Luckily i think this is probably not going to happen. not in this iteration anyway

  7. i don´t know,but it was not one of his good movies. i never have watched it to the end because it was too boring. let´s hope that they will make a watchable reboot commercial: merdans i love reboots fraction-

  8. I’ve got a bad feeling about this…