David Cronenberg’s “Scanners” Will Be a Series on HBO, Written by “Black Mirror” Writers and Directed by “Lovecraft Country” Directors (Exclusive)
The upcoming series will have Yann Demange as the director and William Bridges as the showrunner.
HBO is adapting David Cronenberg’s 1981 horror cult hit Scanners into a television series.
The series is now under development, and Yann Demange, who directed HBO’s Lovecraft Country’s pilot, is serving as writer and showrunner. William Bridges, who shared writing credit on Black Mirror’s “USS Callister” episode, earned an Emmy. Both are going to produce.
Coproduction with HBO, Media Res Studio, and Wayward Films will be used for this project.
A tiny handful of people with various psychic, telepathic, and telekinetic abilities were reported by scanners. One group of these “scanners,” as they were known, was led by a power-crazed individual named Revok, who is portrayed by Michael Ironside. Revok wants to rule the globe, and a private security company enlists its own scanners to stop him for its own, probably dubious, purposes.
The film was a Canadian production, in the fore of a sluggish wave of domestic fodder meant to compete with American content. It was also Cronenberg’s first big-screen triumph. From there, he established a career in horror and later in the art house, lasting well into the 1980s and beyond.
According to reviews, the series is a visceral thriller based in the surreal universe of Cronenberg’s movie. The story will centre on two outcasts of contemporary society who must learn to cooperate in order to defeat a great conspiracy that is out to bring them to justice. They are being hunted by relentless operatives with superhuman abilities.
Along with Michael Ellenberg, Lindsey Springer, Meredith Duff, and Sarah Sullivan of Wayward Films and Michael Ellenberg and Lindsey Springer of Media Res Studio, Cronenberg, who also authored the original film, will serve as executive producer.
René and Fanny-Laure Malo, Pierre David, Clark Peterson, and Aaron Gilbert are additional executive producers.
For more than five years, Ellenberg’s Media Res has been creating scanners. The group is renowned for taking its time to thoroughly prepare shows that subsequently spark interest and praise. Pachinko was a four-year project for Media Res before it was hailed as one of the best dramas of 2022 on Apple TV+. The Morning Show, which is now filming its third season, HBO’s Scenes From a Marriage, and the climate change anthology Extrapolations are all produced by the same firm.
After directing the criminal drama White Boy Rick, starring Matthew McConaughey, Demange made his feature film debut with ’71, a drama set in Northern Ireland during “the Troubles.” The show’s complex pulpy and violent tone was established by him as executive producer and director of the first episode of Lovecraft Country. The supernatural horror series was only on the air for one season, but in that time it addressed important topics, received widespread praise, and received 18 Emmy nominations.
Bridges, who is recognised for his work in the character-based sci-fi subgenre, contributed to two episodes of Black Mirror, the acclaimed modern Twilight Zone ripoff, as well as a season three episode of Stranger Things. He co-created the AMC sci-fi anthology series Soulmates with Ted Lasso’s Brett Goldstein.
WME, Grandview, and the Curtis Brown Group in the United Kingdom represent Bridges. The U.K.’s Independent Talent Group, Goodman Genow, and CAA all represent Demange.