Now that John Carpenter's back catalog has been well and truly ransacked by the Remake Brigade, producers looking for another dose of horror-centric brand recognition must look to other auteurs ... and it looks like David Cronenberg is the next victim in line. A few months back we reported that screenwriter David S. Goyer (Dark City, Blade, Batman Begins) and director Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw 2, Saw 3, Saw 4) would be tackling one of Cronenberg's old hits: The 1981 sci-fi thriller Scanners. Yes, the one with the exploding heads.

While he was out doing the junket thing for his latest film, a remake of a nifty Dutch Swedish chiller called The Invisible, Mr. Goyer let a few details slip regarding the direction the new Scanners will take under the charge of Dimension Films: "Cronenberg embeds so much subtext into his stories ... So we've tried to keep the spirit of that and kind of transpose that into a post-9/11 world, if you can imagine what 'Scanners' would be involved in in that kind of world. That's what we're attempting to do here."

The popular screenwriter then called Cronenberg a genius and went back to talking about The Invisible, but not before mentioning that this new version will have a much bigger budget to work with than did the original Scanners. (The irony is that Cronenberg didn't actually need a whole lot of money to make a flick so memorable that it spawned a remake more than two decades later.) Sources indicate that the new-fangled Scanners will most likely start production some time early next year. Goyer's been keeping pretty busy, too: He's also working on a Green Arrow project called Super Max and an adaptation of James Owen's Here, There Be Dragons.
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