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 by Cronenberg and produced by Ivan Reitman with Link and John Dunning as executive producers. It was also known in some countries as “They Came From Within.”
Rasmussen’s ” Human Zoo” premiered at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival. Driscoll is the writer of “Smash Cut,” starring Sasha Grey and Harry Knuckles.
“This is an opportunity to bring ‘Shivers’ to audiences in our current era and reminds me of cutting-edge films I’ve had the opportunity to work on previously, including ‘American Psycho,’ ‘Buffalo 66’ and ‘Young People Fucking,'” Sackman said.
The announcement came a day after TIFF unveiled specifics about The Cronenberg Project,i its multi-platform celebration of the Toronto-based filmmaker.