IMDB Listing Indicates ‘Videodrome’ Remake Is On The Way From ‘Black Crab’ Director Adam Berg

Max Renn (James Woods) has his head buried in media in Videodrome (1983), Universal Pictures
Max Renn (James Woods) has his head buried in media in Videodrome (1983), Universal Pictures

‘Long live the new flesh’ could be more than a mantra. A certified classic from the oeuvre of Canadian auteur and sensation David Cronenberg might transcend that line by receiving new life. 

Brian O'Blivion (Jack Creley) tells the world on videotape in Videodrome (1983), Universal Pictures
Brian O’Blivion (Jack Creley) tells the world on videotape in Videodrome (1983), Universal Pictures

We have reason to believe a remake or re-imagining of Videodrome is coming. A listing on IMDb bears the name of the 1983 cyberpunk body horror film, and it’s by no means a stray entry with unknown filmmakers attached who might be trying to make a fan film.

The in-development picture has the team of Swedish director Adam Berg and American writer Ehren Kruger behind it, according to IMDb Pro. Berg is fresh off his feature debut Black Crab which was produced by Netflix and starred lead Prometheus actress Noomi Rapace.

Videodrome remake listing on IMDb Pro
Videodrome remake listing on IMDb Pro

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Kruger is a prolific screenwriter whose resume, albeit a mixed bag, speaks for itself. His highest-rated successes to date are Top Gun: Maverick and The Ring. He additionally penned the latter’s sequels and three Transformers movies including Age of Extinction. Other notable credits are Reindeer Games, the live-action Ghost in the Shell, Scream 3, and the underrated Jeff Bridges thriller Arlington Road.

On Videodrome, Kruger will serve as the writer as well as a producer — if the project gains traction, that is. Even behind the paywall of IMDb Pro, details are scarce, and since it is designated as in development, things are clearly in a very early stage. Anything can happen, in other words.

Max Renn (James Woods) and Nicki Brand (Debbie Harry) debate degeneracy on a talk show in Videodrome (1983), Universal Pictures
Max Renn (James Woods) and Nicki Brand (Debbie Harry) debate degeneracy on a talk show in Videodrome (1983), Universal Pictures

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Remakes and sequels of all sorts are announced quite frequently only to be dropped suddenly. IMDb suffers no delusions in this regard and reminds everyone that details are subject to change — which encompasses everything up to this proposed version’s status and its makers. Conditions are fluid in cinema, particularly in this case. 

However, one thing is rather unlikely: and that is honoring the original’s star James Woods with so much as a cameo due to his outspoken political views. The actor is virtually retired and ostracized from Hollywood all the same despite his celebrated career, though he remains active on social media. 

Max Renn starts getting physical with his TV set in Videodrome (1983), Universal Pictures
Max Renn starts getting physical with his TV set in Videodrome (1983), Universal Pictures

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Written and directed by Cronenberg, Videodrome was a commercial bomb upon release, though it earned him a Genie Award for Best Director at the time. The psychosexual film also won praise for its special effects by the inimitable Rick Baker. Like Cronenberg, he had a pivotal award to boast about — his Oscar for the FX in An American Werewolf In London.

As many lost gems did back then, it found an audience through home video and cable that to this day hail Videodrome as ahead of its time, and as a predictor of the society we live in now. 

‘Long live,’ indeed. We shall see how this plays out, but tell us if this is something you want in our comments or on our social media.

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