A television series version of David Cronenberg’s iconic film Scanners is in development at HBO, per a recent report from Variety.
According to the report, the series will be set within the world of Cronenberg’s film, with the brief synopsis reading, “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.”
William Bridges (Black Mirror, Stranger Things) will serve as writer, executive producer, and showrunner of the series, with Yann Demange (71, Lovecraft Country) set to direct and executive produce the series. Cronenberg is also attached to the project in an executive producer role, which confirms that the legendary director will help with the series. While the series has not been fully ordered yet, this will mark the second series based on a Cronenberg project, with Amazon set to adapt his film Dead Ringers as well.
Originally released in 1981, Scanners tells the story of a man who discovers he is one of a select few “scanners,” or people who have incredibly powerful psychic abilities. The man is then recruited by a military contractor to stop an evil scanner. Scanners starred Stephen Lack, Jennifer O’Neill, and Patrick McGoohan, and while it wasn’t highly successful following its premiere, the film has gone on to become a cult classic.