David Cronenberg’s ‘Scanners’ Heads to HBO as a collection With ‘Black reflect’ creator, ‘Lovecraft nation’ Director (unique) - Hollywood Reporter

William Bridges will function showrunner for the in-development sequence, with Yann Demange directing.

September 21, 2022 11:47am

From left: William Bridges, Yann Demange, David Cronenberg Courtesy of Anson Hartford; Tim P. Whitby/Getty images; Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty pictures

Scanners, the 1981 horror cult classic from David Cronenberg, is getting the HBO series medication.

William Bridges, who won an Emmy for co-writing the "usaCallister" episode of Black replicate, is performing as creator and showrunner for the series, which is in building, with Yann Demange, who helmed the pilot for HBO's Lovecraft country, directing. both will exec produce.

This project will be a co-production between HBO, Media Res Studio and Wayward movies.

Scanners instructed of a small neighborhood of americans with a range of psychic, telepathic and telekinetic powers. One faction of scanners, as these americans had been labeled, become led by using a power-mad man named Revok, performed by using Michael Ironside, who goals to take over the realm, whereas a personal safety firm recruits its personal scanners to stop him for its own, probably shady, causes.

The film was a Canadian creation that changed into on the forefront of a gradual-relocating wave of homegrown fare aimed toward competing with U.S. content. It became additionally the primary mainstream success for Cronenberg, who went on to set up a horror, and then artwork residence, profession well into the Eighties and past.

The series is being described as a visceral thriller set in the intellect-bending world of Cronenberg's movie. it will center of attention on two women living on the fringes of contemporary society who're pursued by using relentless brokers with impossible powers and for this reason should study to work together to topple an enormous conspiracy determined to convey them to heel.

Cronenberg, who additionally wrote the customary movie, will act as executive producer along with Michael Ellenberg and Lindsey Springer of Media Res Studio and Meredith Duff and Sarah Sullivan of Wayward movies.

further government producers consist of René and Fanny-Laure Malo, Pierre David, Clark Peterson and Aaron Gilbert.

Ellenberg's Media Res has been constructing Scanners for over five years. The enterprise is commonplace for taking its time to wholly bake suggests that then generate buzz and acclaim. Media Res spent 4 years working on Pachinko before the Apple television+ collection become one of the crucial severely praised dramas of 2022. The enterprise is also behind The Morning reveal, now capturing its third season, and HBO's Scenes From a wedding, and is in submit on local weather change anthology Extrapolations.

Demange made his feature directorial debut with 'seventy one, a drama set in Northern ireland throughout the battle known as "the Troubles" after which helmed crime drama White Boy Rick starring Matthew McConaughey. He directed the primary episode of Lovecraft nation and changed into an govt producer on the show, surroundings its layered pulpy and gory tone. The supernatural horror series only lasted one season, but right through that run it tackled sizzling-button issues and garnered considerable acclaim, amassing 18 Emmy nominations.

universal for working in persona-based mostly sci-fi genres, Bridges wrote two episodes of Black replicate, the smartly-considered twenty first century echo of The Twilight Zone, in addition to a season three episode of Stranger things. He created, with Ted Lasso's Brett Goldstein, the sci-fi anthology show Soulmates that aired on AMC.

Bridges is repped with the aid of WME, Grandview and the U.ok.'s Curtis Brown community. Demange is repped via CAA, Goodman Genow and the U.ok.'s impartial skill community.

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