Batman Begins writer David Goyer told SCI FI Wire that his updated version of David Cronenberg's classic SF-horror film Scanners will expand on the 1981 original and place it in the context of current events. "One of the ... things that's also great about Scanners was the fact that Cronenberg embeds so much subtext into his stories," Goyer said in an interview while promoting The Invisible, his upcoming supernatural film. "So we've tried to keep the spirit of that and kind of transpose that into a post-9/11 world, if you can imagine what Scanners would be involved in in that kind of world. That's what we're attempting to do here."
In the original low-budget movie, a couple of hundred telepathic and telekinetic humans, led by the particularly cunning and powerful Revok (Michael Ironside), plotted to take over the Earth, in some cases using their powers to literally blow people's minds.
"I'm a huge Cronenberg fan, and Scanners was definitely one of my favorite films as a kid," Goyer said. "What we're trying to do is take all the best elements of that. ... He obviously made it on a shoestring budget, so this time hopefully we can expand upon what he did." Goyer called Cronenberg "a genius."
Goyer is writing the new Scanners script for a film that will be directed by Saw II helmer Darren Lynn Bousman for Dimension Films; an early 2008 production start is envisioned.