David Cronenberg’s 1975 feature film Shivers is being groomed for a remake. Producers Jeff Sackman and Michael Baker are spearheading the effort and made the announcement today.
Rie Rasmussen (Human Zoo) will directed from a script by Ian Driscoll (Smash Cut).
In the film, which is expected to begin shooting February 2014, “a genetically-engineered strain of parasites that turn people into violent, compulsive sex-addicts is released into a self-contained luxury apartment complex. The resident doctor attempts to find a cure before the infected, nymphomaniac inhabitants spread their legs – and the parasites.The new Shivers will be updated for today’s social and sexual realities. In a post-HIV world, where people interact through screens rather than skin, the parasite breaks down those digital barriers.”
The original Shivers was Cronenberg’s first horror feature effort and was released in some territories as They Came From Within.
“I’m Scandinavian and am very comfortable with sexual expression as a part of a healthy, modern-day reality, and I’ve always loved the underlying social messages in a well-made horror film,” said Rasmussen in a press release. “The opportunity to reinterpret this film from today’s point of view, adding my own female intuition and life experience was a temptation I couldn’t resist.”