More Horrible Remake News -- Universal Plans 'Videodrome' Redo   

April 27, 2009 It doesn't get much more awful than this. A film that absolutely does not need a remake in any way shape or form is now set for one, with Universal Pictures readying a remake of David Cronenberg's classic "Videodrome," from a script by Ehren Kruger, who penned "Scream 3" and "The Ring" remake.

From this morning's Variety:

Universal Pictures will remake the 1983 David Cronenberg-directed thriller "Videodrome," with Ehren Kruger set to write the script and produce with partner Daniel Bobker.

The producers tracked down the rights to Canadian distribution vet Rene Malo, who will be exec producer. Universal distributed the original and had first refusal on a remake, and the studio snapped up the opportunity.

The original "Videodrome" 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.

The new picture will modernize the concept, infuse it with the possibilities of nano-technology and blow it up into a large-scale sci-fi action thriller.

Cronenberg is not involved.

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