With the success of AMC’s "The Walking Dead" and other genre entries, a cult favorite sci-fi horror movie from the 1980s is being developed for TV, reports our friend Nellie Andreeva at Deadline.com.
It’s the 1981 David Cronenberg movie "Scanners,’ which was most notable for two things. First, a knockout performance by Michael Ironside as bad guy Darryl Revok. He was also notable on TV as Ham Tyler in 1984’s "V: The Final Battle."
The other thing fans love about "Scanners" is its terrific exploding heads.
According to Andreeva’s article, "Dimension was not involved in the original 1981 ‘Scanners’ film or its sequels, but acquired the rights to the franchise in a development deal several years ago. The original plan was to mount a theatrical remake, with David Goyer tapped to write two drafts, and Rene Malo, Clark Peterson and Pierre David signed as producers. But with the recent resurgence of genre TV dramas like AMC’s monster hit ‘The Walking Dead,’ Dimension started also considering a small-screen adaptation."
The artilce adds, "According to insiders, it was Dimension principal Bob Weinstein and Aja who conceived of the plan to transform the Scanners property into a TV show. Malo, Peterson and David remain attached as executive producers on the series, while Goyer is no longer involved. Dimension is already in talks with potential showrunners to create and run the series. Aja is repped by WME and Industry Entertainment."