Shout! Factory recently announced its acquisition of the U.S. rights to the remake of David Cronenberg’s 1977 body-horror classic, Rabid. The rights extend across several media platforms which include SVOD, digital, on-demand, and home broadcast. Back 40 Pictures will produce the film as well as handle U.S. theatrical distribution of the Rabid remake. Taking the reins as director(s) of the film will be Jen and Silvia Soska (American Mary), who will also provide the screenplay alongside John Serge (Dead On Campus).
The Soska Sisters, also known as The Twisted Twins, have been tied to the Rabid remake since 2016 stating, “The work of David Cronenberg is legendary, and ‘Rabid’ is much more than just a horror movie. The real message of his film is powerful, and even more pivotal as we look at the world around us today. It’s an honor to be involved in this love letter to his original, which we handle with the same respect as Paul Schrader’s ‘Cat People,’ Alexandre Aja’s ‘The Hills Have Eyes’ and John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the synopsis of the remake, “revolves around Rose, a young woman who, after an accident leaves her scarred beyond recognition, undergoes a radical untested stem-cell treatment. While turning Rose into the belle of the ball, the experimental transformation comes at a price.” It appears this updated premise will follow in a similar vein as the original Cronenberg film, with a “modern and relevant spin from the woman’s perspective.”
Vice President of Acquisitions at Shout! studios, Jordan Fields, provided the official statement:
Remaking one of the seminal films of David Cronenberg’s early work is audacious, exciting and not a little nerve-wracking. But there are no better hands in which to place this challenge than the four belonging to the enormously talented Soska sisters. Their creative vision will both honor the Cronenberg ethos and find in Rabid a currency that will terrify today’s audiences.
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