“Why?” is my first , second and third thought to come into my head after learning that Universal Pictures is going to remake David Cronenberg‘s 1983 sci-fi horror film Videodrome. What’s the point? The original film is a cult hit, considered one of the weirdest films of all time, and let’s not forget, the tenth most sampled film in music. An update with someone other than Cronenberg at the helm will most likely result in a generic Hollywood sci-fi horror film, and nothing more. Oh, and did I mention that Cronenberg is not involved in the movie at this point?
Ehren Kruger has been hired to write the screenplay, which will modernize the concept, and according to Variety, “infuse it with the possibilities of nano-technology and blow it up into a large-scale sci-fi action thriller.” Kruger is probably best known as the screenwriter who wrote the American remake of The Ring. His filmography is filled with a lot crappier films, including Scream 3, Reindeer Games, Imposter, The Ring Two, The Skeleton Key, The Brothers Grimm and Blood and Chocolate. I could point out the many reasons why Kruger is probably not the right guy to write a remake of Videodrome, but I think that would be far too obvious.