David Cronenberg’s 1981 sci-fi thriller Scanners (watch it HERE) kicked off a franchise that consists of 4 follow-ups: Scanners II: The New Order, Scanners III: The Takeover, Scanner Cop, and Scanners: The Showdown (a.okay.a. Scanner Cop II: The Showdown). The franchise has been dormant for twenty-seven years now, however not for lack of making an attempt. For the last fifteen years, there was speak of Scanners being revived by both a remake from the likes of Darren Lynn Bousman and David S. Goyer or a tv collection that at one time had Alexandre Aja hooked up. Now, after a very long time in improvement hell, it seems just like the TV collection option is lastly going to happen. Without the involvement of Bousman, Goyer, or Aja.
The Hollywood Reporter has damaged the news that the Scanners collection is now set up at HBO, with Yann Demange, who directed the pilot episode of HBO’s Lovecraft Country, set to direct the pilot for this one, working from a script by showrunner William Bridges. Brides beforehand who received an Emmy for co-writing the USS Callister episode of the anthology collection Black Mirror.
A co-production between HBO, Media Res Studio, and Wayward Films, Scanners is being govt produced by Bridges and Demange, together with Michael Ellenberg and Lindsey Springer of Media Res Studio, Meredith Duff and Sarah Sullivan of Wayward Films, René and Fanny-Laure Malo, Pierre David, Clark Peterson, Aaron Gilbert, and Cronenberg.