A series adaptation of the David Cronenberg film Scanners is in development at HBO, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The iconic director will reportedly produce.
The 1981 horror cult classic is about a small group of super-powered people with psychic, telepathic, and telekinetic powers. The film's plot centers on an attempt by the renegade Darryl Revok--played by Michael Ironside--to wage a war against the weapons and security corporation ConSec, which seeks to use people with these abilities for their own purposes.
In the version currently in development at HBO, William Bridges (Black Mirror) will showrun and write for the series alongside Yann Demange (Lovecraft Country), who will direct. Both will executive produce. A description of the series doesn't tell us much, but in addition to confirming the series will take place in Scanners' world, it also reads: «Pursued by relentless agents with unimaginable powers, two women living on the fringes of modern society must learn to work together to topple a vast conspiracy determined to bring them to heel.»
If Scanners gets greenlit, it will be the second series adaptation of one of Cronenberg's films in recent years. Amazon is also developing a series version of his 1988 film Dead Ringers, with Rachel Weisz in the dual roles as a pair of twin sisters.
This past summer, Cronenberg's Crimes Of The Future hit theaters and featured many of the director's familiar themes. A synopsis of his most recent film reads: «As the human species adapts to a synthetic environment, the body undergoes new transformations and mutations. With his partner Caprice, Saul Tenser, celebrity performance artist, publicly showcases the metamorphosis of his organs in avant-garde performances. Timlin,Read more on gamespot.com