A television adaptation of David Cronenberg's 80's classic horror, Scanners, is heading to HBO.
The 1981 Canadian film centred on a scientist who trains a man with an advanced telepathic ability called scanning, to stop a dangerous Scanner with extraordinary psychic powers from waging war against non-scanners.
Yann Demange (Lovecraft Country) will direct the series from a screenplay by Emmy award-winning William Bridges (USS Callister), who also serves as showrunner.
Cronenberg - who wrote the original movie - will exec produce alongside Michael Ellenberg and Lindsey Springer of Media Res Studio and Meredith Duff and Sarah Sullivan of Wayward Films. Additional exec producers are: René and Fanny-Laure Malo, Pierre David, Clark Peterson and Aaron Gilbert.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series, which is currently in development, will focus on two women living on the “fringes of modern society who are pursued by relentless agents with unimaginable powers and must learn to work together to topple a vast conspiracy determined to bring them to heel.“
Given the filmmaker's propensity to shoot on his home turf, and while the original feature filmed in Toronto, Canada, precise filming locations will be revealed during the course of production.