The fabulous 1981 sci-fi/horror film SCANNERS by writer and director David Cronenberg is being developed as a TV series by Media Res and Bron Studios.
Written and directed by Cronenberg, Scanners is about an underground network of people born with telekinetic powers living on the fringes of society that are hunted down by the forces that created them. Ellenberg and Bron plan to develop and package the TV series adaptation with a high-end filmmaker and showrunner before shopping it to premium services.
Ellenberg will executive produce alongside Bron’s Aaron L. Gilbert and Danielle Reardon, as well as Clark Peterson (Monster) and Pierre David, who was an executive producer on the original film. Also serving as executive producers are Rene Malo (Decline of the American Empire) and Fanny-Laure Malo, who represent the rights holder on the property, Canada’s Laurem Productions.
Scanners only recently became available. For about a decade, the rights were held by The Weinstein Co.’s Dimension Films which tried developing the title as a movie and then a TV series, with Rene Malo, Peterson and David attached as producers to both incarnations, none of which came to fruition.
This is very interesting news for fans of the cult film and we will be watching this closely.