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Guess what, everybody. Another horror movie remake is in the works! Please stifle your gasps of shock. This time around Universal is setting in motion a remake of David Cronenberg's 1983 media horror opus 'Videodrome.' The original film starred James Woods as a cable TV exec who programs increasingly sick and sadistic videos to earn viewership. He gets more than he bargained for however when he discovers an apparently genuine snuff film from a group called Videodrome. Weird body horror ensues. The studio has been talking about a remake for well over three years now, but just recently they began talks with Adam Berg to direct. Berg is best known for his work in television commercials with no feature films to his credit. The script for the remake has been written by Ehren Kruger ('Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen'). No word yet on when production is to begin.
It's getting really hard to stay positive on remakes these days. On the one hand, it would be hypocritical to immediately discount a remake of a Cronenberg film just by virtue of the fact that it is a remake. When Cronenberg himself directed a remake, we got 1986's phenomenal 'The Fly.' And there is something to be said for updating a story about the complex relationship between media and identity to incorporate the myriad new forms of media that have become prevalent since the original's release. But Universal is not exactly making it easy for us to lend benefit of the doubt to this project. First of all, hiring a director whose only credits are in commercials is not the most encouraging. I'm not at all saying Berg can't possibly pull this off, it just seems like a slap in the face to a master like Cronenberg to assume that just anybody can direct a story like that. Oh, and speaking of "story," they hired Ehren Kruger to write the script? So one of the worst screenwriters in Hollywood is taking on one of the most ingenious and intellectually meaty horror films in the history of the genre? Yeah, that sounds like a good idea. Am I being too harsh? You tell me. Kruger's catalog of work reads the likes of 'Scream 3,' 'The Ring Two,' 'Reindeer Games,' and both the 'Transformers'sequels.
What do you guys think? Could Universal pull off a 'Videodrome'remake with this team? Anyone want to make a case in favor of Ehren Kruger?