Universal Studios has announced that they are moving forward with a Videodrome remake. For those of you not familiar with the movie, it is an hallucinatory satire of mass media starring James Woods as an independent softcore pornography television broadcaster who becomes involved in an international conspiracy involving snuff films, stomach vaginas, and Deborah Harry. So, y’know, perfect material for a big-budget action remake.
I made an oath long ago that I would no longer get upset over remakes. This was an easy promise to keep considering most of my favourite movies have already been updated and my heart is now a small lump of calcified stone. However, with this announcement I feel a different emotion, one I never thought I would experience due to a remake; confusion. The original Videodrome is at once visionary and indecipherable, a sleazy psycho-sexual tone poem so idiosyncratic that I doubt anyone, even Cronenberg, could come close to replicating it today. Only the insane would take on a project like this. If anything, maybe it will make a nice companion piece as the kind of entertainment shown within the original. Is this move incredibly wrong-headed, or are you ready to embrace the New Flesh?