Universal Pictures is developing a remake of the 1983 David Cronenberg-directed thriller Videodrome. Ehren Kruger will write the script and produce with partner Daniel Bobker.
The trade adds that Universal distributed the original and had first refusal on a remake, and the studio snapped up the opportunity from Canadian distribution veteran Rene Malo, who will be executive producer.
The original starred James Woods as the head of Civic TV Channel 83, who makes his station relevant by programming “Videodrome,” a series that depicts torture and murder that transfixes viewers.
According to Variety, the update “will modernize the concept, infuse it with the possibilities of nano-technology and blow it up into a large-scale sci-fi action thriller.”