“Scanners,” the 1981 David Cronenberg classic about a group of individuals living with telekinetic powers, is being developed into a television series. According to Deadline, Michael Ellenberg’s Media Res and Bron Studios have won a heated bidding war for the property, securing the film’s rights over Skydance, Lionsgate, and Paramount.
The Weinstein Company-owned Dimension Films was the property’s previous owner for nearly a decade. The studio tried to adapt “Scanners” into a television series back in 2011 with Alexandre Aja (“The Hills Have Eyes”) signed on to executive produce and potentially direct the pilot. Dimension had plans to remake the property as a film before landing on a TV adaptation and even hired David Goyer to write the script. Neither the film or the series ever got made, but now the latter is being developed under a new studio.
“Scanners” was written and directed by Cronenberg and starred Jennifer O’Neill, Steven Lack, Michael Ironside, and Patrick McGoohan. The plot follows a confrontation between “scanners,” or telekinetic individuals, and the evil corporation trying to hunt them down and use them for their own purposes.
Ellenberg is set to executive produce alongside Aaron L. Gilbert and Danielle Reardon. Pierre David, an executive producer on the original film, will return in the same capacity. Cronenberg is not involved with the television adaptation at this time.