David Cronenberg’s ‘Scanners’ heads to HBO as a series with ‘Black Mirror’ writer and ‘Lovecraft Country’ director (exclusive)

ScannersDavid Cronenberg’s cult classic 1981 horror gets the HBO series treatment.

William Bridges, Emmy Award winner for co-writing the “USS Callister” episode of black mirrorworking as writer and presenter for the series in development, with Yann Demange, who led the pilot for HBO’s country of love, Guidance. Both will produce exec.

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

Scanners I talked about a small group of people with a combination of psychic powers, telepathy, and telekinesis. One faction of Scanners, as these people were named, was led by a power-crazed man named Revok, played by Michael Ironside, who aims to take over the world, while a private security company recruits their Scanners to stop him on their own. Possibly, suspicious reasons.

The film was a Canadian production that was at the forefront of a slow-motion wave of local fare intended to compete with American content. It was also Cronenberg’s first major success, who went on to create a horror film, and then Art House, career into the 1980s and beyond.

The series is described as a thriller set in the mind-bending world of the Cronenberg movie. It will focus on two women living on the fringes of modern society who are pursued by relentless agents with unimaginable powers, and who must therefore learn to work together to bring down a vast conspiracy designed to subdue them.

Cronenberg, who also wrote the original film, will serve as executive producer alongside Michael Ellenberg and Lindsey Springer of Media Res Studio and Meredith Duff and Sarah Sullivan of Wayward Films.

Additional executive producers include Rene and Fanny Laurie Mallo, Pierre David, Clark Peterson, and Aaron Gilbert.

Media Res developed by Ellenberg Scanners For more than five years. The company is known for taking its time to deliver complete performances that generate buzz and acclaim. Media Res spent four years working on Pachinko before the Apple TV+ series became one of the most highly praised dramas of 2022. The company is also behind morning showis now filming its third season, and HBO’s Scenes from marriagewhich is a post on Climate Change Anthology induction.

Demang made his long directorial appearance with 71A drama set in Northern Ireland during the conflict known as “The Troubles” and then directed by the criminal drama white boy rick Starring Matthew McConaughey. He directed the first episode of love country He was an executive producer on the show, setting the tone for pulp and blood. The supernatural horror series only lasted one season, but during that series it tackled hot button issues and garnered huge acclaim, collecting 18 Emmy Award nominations.

Bridges is best known for working in character-based science fiction genres, and has written two episodes of black mirror, The famous echo of the twenty-first century Twilight Zonein addition to the third season episode of Weird things. create with Ted LassoBrett Goldstein, Science Fiction Anthology Show Soulmates which was broadcast on AMC.

Bridges are represented by WME, Grandview and the Curtis Brown Group. Demange is represented by the CAA, Goodman Genow and the UK’s independent talent pool.

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