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Scanners, the legendary film by David Cronenberg, will be an HBO series

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After almost a decade inactive, David Cronenberg is back in the spotlight. The filmmaker premieres his new film, Crimes of the Future, in 2022 and has just received the Donostia Award at the San Sebastian International Film Festival. Now, HBO has wanted to join the Canadian’s return to the spotlight by preparing a series about one of his first great successes, Scanners.

The 1981 film was the definitive consecration of Cronenberg in the cinematographic panorama. Starring Michael Ironside and Stephen Lack, Scanners tells the story of a world where some people called scanners possess incredible mental powers. A company wants to get hold of them for its own benefit, which leads to a disturbing chase with hints of terror, in the purest Cronenberg style.

According to Deadline, the television channel HBO has managed to acquire the rights to produce a remake in series format. William Bridges, writer of Black Mirror, will be in charge of the scripts of a project that will be directed by Yann Demange (Lovecraft Territory). This time the plot will focus on two women who live on the fringes of society and who are persecuted by agents with unimaginable powers. Both will have to learn to work together if they want to end a great conspiracy determined to subdue them.

Despite the changes in its narrative, the source assures that the series will be set in the same world born from Cronenberg’s mind. In addition, the director will act as a producer to supervise the respect for the original material. For now, yes, it is unknown who will be part of the cast or when the release date of the new Scanners will be set.

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