In a landscape where so many genre favourite movies are being adapted as small screen series, you can now add David Cronenberg’s Scanners to the list.
As per Deadline, Michael Ellenberg’s Media Res and Bron Studios have picked up the rights to Cronenberg’s iconic 1981 movie, with the plan being to “develop and package the TV series adaptation with a high-end filmmaker and showrunner before shopping it to premium services”.
If you remember back, there were actually plans to adapt Scanners as a TV show back in 2011. At that time, Switchblade Romance’s Alexandre Aja was on board to direct the series. After all went eerily quiet on that relaunch, it looked as if all plans were off. Until now, that is!
No further details are known at this stage, although this is just the latest in a long line of genre favourites being adapted for a TV audience, with the likes of Hannibal, Bates Motel, Damien (which was truly awful!) and The Exorcist all instantly coming to mind when thinking of famed properties recently adapted.
Cronenberg’s original movie starred the likes of Jennifer O’Neill, Stephan Lack and Patrick McGoohan, and proved a huge hit with genre fans thanks to its rich, dark sci-fi tones and its ground-breaking SFX work. The loose plot focussed on a chap with impressive psychic abilities who was on the hunt to find those with similar powers. Scanners spawned two outright sequels in 1991’s Scanners II: The New Order and 1992’s Scanners III: The Takeover, while two spinoffs – Scanner Cop and Scanners: The Showdown – were also developed.
Expect more on this Scanners show as we get it.
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