Brood Next For Crazies Director?

Eisner to tackle Cronenberg classic

Brood Next For Crazies Director?

by Owen Williams |
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We reported earlier in the week that Breck Eisner, director of the impressive looking remake of George Romero's The Crazies, had jumped the Creature From the Black Lagoon ship. Where did he jump to? Seemingly to another remake, this time of David Cronenberg's 1979 The Brood. Cory Goodman (Priest) is on the script.

The Brood as we currently know it, is kind of uniquely Cronenberg (Cronenbergian?). [Spoilers ahead] It features Oliver Reed as a professor of 'psychoplasmics": a psychotherapy that causes its subjects to physically manifest their traumas. One patient with an abusive father develops welts on his body, while Samantha Eggar asexually gestates mutant children from the outside of her body, that telepathically act out her anger. One of the film's most famous and lingering images is that of Eggar licking clean a newborn foetus. Cronenberg wrote the film during a custody battle with his ex-wife.

So body horror, borderline supernatural scares, and crazy made-up sci-fi psychology: how will Eisner reclaim this and somehow make it his own? Maybe scale is some kind of key: the original takes place in a very limited area (small town, remote clinic). Will a bigger Brood in a modern-day setting be any more terrifying than before?

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