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We get press releases daily, and for the most part, they’ll consist of “This film has added so and so to the cast“, or “This film is hitting Bluray this month“. Today, we received one that I certainly didn’t expect. Production of a remake of David Cronenberg’s 1975 parasite classic, Shivers, is set to begin production this fall, with Danish filmmaker Rie Rasmussen (Thinning The Herd) at the helm. I’m an optimistic fella, but anytime someone tries to “modernize” a film, it usually tends to be a mess. “The new Shivers will be updated for today’s social and sexual realities. In a post-hiv world, where people interact through screens rather than skin, the parasite breaks down those digital barriers. This is a world that is both more liberated than that of 1975, and more fearful and uptight.” ..Yeah. For more info, read the official press release below, »
‘Toronto — September 6, 2013 — Producers Jeff Sackman and Michael Baker today announced that they will remake the horror classic Shivers, David Cronenberg’s first feature film. That film, highlighted with a special screening at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, broke ground with its boundary-pushing sexuality and violence in its original release, nearly 40 years ago.
Shivers will be directed by award-winning Danish filmmaker Rie Rasmussen from a screenplay written by Ian Driscoll. Sackman and Baker will produce through their respective companies, Tajj Media and Bunk 11 Pictures. Working with them as executive producer is the film’s original executive producer, André Link. Shivers will begin shooting in February 2014, with casting currently underway.
In Shivers, a genetically-engineered strain of parasites that turn people into violent, compulsive sex-addicts is released into a self-contained luxury apartment complex. »
- Jonathan James
The project was unveiled Friday at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival with the producers noting that Cronenberg’s film received a special screening at this year’s festival. Producers plan to start shooting in February.
The remake of “Shivers” will be directed by Danish filmmaker Rie Rasmussen from a screenplay written by Ian Driscoll. Sackman will produce via Tajj Media and Baker will produce his Bunk 11 Pictures with the film’s original executive producer, Andre Link, returning in that role.
Producers plan to update “Shivers,” in which a genetically-engineered strain of parasites that turn people into violent, compulsive sex-addicts is released into a self-contained luxury apartment complex — with the resident doctor trying to find a cure before the infected inhabitants spread the parasites.
The original film was written and directed »
- Dave McNary
3 items from 2013
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