Videodrome Remake Gets a Director

VideodromeUniversal Pictures has tapped short film director Adam Berg to helm a remake of David Cronenberg’s 1983 sci-fi cult thriller Videodrome, reports Deadline.

Ehren Kruger (The Ring, The Brothers Grimm) scripted the remake and is co-producing the project. The original film told the story of a sleazy cable-TV programmer, played by James Woods, who becomes obsessed with a hallucinogenic, S&M reality TV show called “Videodrome.”

His life begins to spin out of control when his girlfriend, Blondie’s Deborah Harry, suddenly goes missing after she appears on the show. Soon the line between what’s real and what’s generated begins to blur.

The remake would update the story to include nano-technology and would expand the project into a big-budget sci-fi action thriller.

Universal is doubling down on the S&M genre. The studio partnered with Focus Features in April to develop a film based on E L James’ New York Times bestselling erotic novel, Fifty Shades of Grey.

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