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Scanners Remake Confirmed
New exploding head effect better be good

28 February 2007  |  Written by   |  Source: Variety

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Another green light from the horror remake treadmill today, with Dimension Films announcing a green light for an updated version of David Cronenberg’s Scanners, a film that attained almost legendary status during the heyday of the video nasty era, thanks to a particular scene involving B-movie hall of famer Michael Ironside making some other poor dude’s head explode on live TV (don’t worry - not a spoiler after 26 years, and it’s on the trailer).

For those who aren’t familiar, the story follows the idea that there are a select few (237, to be exact) people in the world with huge telekenetic abilities. All but one of these ‘scanners’ have been recruited into an underground society, headed by Darryl Revok (Ironside), to take over the world. A scientist finds one scanner who isn’t part of the organisation, and convinces him to bring them down from within.

The remake is to be directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, who had the reigns on Saw II and III, and is busy gearing up on Saw IV. David Goyer (yes, he who wrote Blade, co-wrote Batman Begins, is writing The Dark Knight, Thor and Captain America, and who shouldn’t be remembered for bringing Blade: Trinity to the screen) will pen the screenplay in time for cameras to get rolling early in 2008.

Don’t expect this to be a photocopy, though. Richard Saperstein, the guy owns the rights and brought them to Dimension, has already hinted that the new Scanners will incorporate the new frontiers of science, like stem cell research and gene modification. Which is fine by us, as long as a) there’s at least one exploding head, and b) it doesn’t involve crappy CGI. Make a mess of it, people!

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oh no
why do they have to remake this film and ruin its legacy :( i read this and weep More

Posted by mozzaman at 22:58 on 01 September 2008 | Report This Post

Weep. More

Posted by catalina at 16:13 on 02 March 2007 | Report This Post

more remakes!
they've all been a bit hit and miss but bring them on! as long as they're not the sappy, crappy PG13 versions that the hollywood machine were wanting. Fucking sucked all the life out of the fog, the bastards. More

Posted by TheMadFatChickKiller at 12:59 on 02 March 2007 | Report This Post

I want stop motion plasticine effects a la Evil Dead or I ain't going More

Posted by granny at 14:02 on 01 March 2007 | Report This Post

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Goyer is not writing The Dark Knight, he has only helped with the story. Jonathan Nolan is writing the actual screenplay. More

Posted by furrybastard at 14:40 on 28 February 2007 | Report This Post

filmburner30
stop this horror remake madness now b4 its too late More

Posted by filmburner30 at 10:54 on 28 February 2007 | Report This Post

Hmmmm
I think every old school horror film is getting the remake thease days Halloween Scanners and ive just found out that Hellraiser is getting remade as well we will have to wait and see hmmmmm. More

Posted by Seth_Gecko at 10:11 on 28 February 2007 | Report This Post

RE: OH GOD NO!
Jesus wept, it's never-ending is it.   As has already been said, just another money spinning CGI showcase that gonna be a shadow of what the original film was.!     Boo Hiss!     More

Posted by shifty_powers at 09:14 on 28 February 2007 | Report This Post

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In the words of Lance Longthorne...   "Well... whoopee shit." More

Posted by Biggus at 09:03 on 28 February 2007 | Report This Post

OH GOD NO!
Why? Just why? And lets face it, it is going to be a CGI exploding head. More

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