This week on The Collision, the recent news of a remake of Videodrome causes us to explore if there are any sacred franchises that couldn’t be remade, rebooted, or given a sequel/prequel. Then, in a completely unrelated discussion, we talk about David Koepp’s Premium Rush because we couldn’t figure out a way to find a deeper theme regarding movies about bike messengers.
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I’ve been doing this long enough to know that I can easily be wrong about a project, especially when it’s in its nascent stages. So much changes over the course of production, and sometimes a logline can’t do a premise justice. But I can’t wrap my mind around anyone remaking Videodrome. And yet, today Deadline reports that Adam Berg, who has directed popular commercials, is on board to helm a remake of David Cronenberg‘s classic film. Ehren Kruger, who’s been attached to the project since 2009 and is the screenwriter behind such masterpieces as Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Reindeer Games, scripted the remake.
For those unfamiliar with the original film, it’s about a TV executive looking for the sleaziest possible content for his channel, Civic TV, and comes across the disturbing show “Videodrome”, which causes him to have disturbing hallucinations. According to Deadline, Berg and Kruger plan to “modernize the concept, infusing it with the possibilities of nano-technology and blow it up into a large-scale sci-fi action thriller.” Hit the jump for my reaction.
Say what you will about Robert Pattinson (Twilight) but the actor is taking his role in director David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis to heart. During a recent interview with French entertainment magazine, Premiere, Pattinson offered to do a photoshoot that would recreate scenes from some of Cronenberg’s most memorable films. The 13 hour shoot featured Pattinson paying an homage to Scanners, Dead Ringers and Videodrome. Any Cronenberg fan is going to want to check this gallery out, but fans and critics of Pattinson alike should be impressed with his commitment to his director.
Cosmopolis, also starring Jay Baruchel, Samantha Morton, Paul Giamatti and Kevin Durand, will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival which runs from May 16th to the 27th. Check out our continuing coverage here and hit the jump to check out the photoshoot.
In 1983 David Cronenberg’s strange, lyrical, and indelible Videodrome was released, and over 20 years later the question remains “What is Videodrome?” Following up the four films that cemented his reputation as the master of venereal horror (from 1975′s Shivers to 1981′s Scanners), Videodrome was the apex of Cronenberg’s career at that point, as both an experimental film (which his early college films were) and a horror movie. James Woods stars as Max Renn, a cable TV producer looking for the hottest latest and sleaziest new show, and runs across a show that just features people being torture with no plot or explanation. He and his girlfriend Nikki Brand (Deborah Harry) are fascinated by it, but the byproducts of watching it cause Max to hallucinate, and perhaps become a murderer. My review of Criterion’s Blu-ray of Videodrome follows after the jump.
In our latest installment of our ongoing podcast series, Running Dialogue, Russ, Curt, and I discuss Black Swan, The Tourist, and Four Lions. All three of us talk about Black Swan and our various issues with the film. Russ and I talk The Tourist and how it fails and then Curt and I talk about Four Lions and how it succeeds. Since I was the only one of us who saw all three films, I proclaim myself the King of all Movies for all-time.
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