David Cronenberg’s early film Shivers, which received a special screening at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, is heading for a remake, Variety reports. Danish filmmaker Rie Rasmussen, known also for her appearance in Brian De Palma’s Femme Fatale and for her erotic visual art, will direct from a script by Ian Driscoll, author of the Sasha Grey vehicle Smash Cut. The executive producer of the original, Andre Link, returns in that role.
Shivers, also known as They Came From Within in some markets, is the tale of a mad scientist who creates a parasite that overwhelms people’s ability to resist compulsive sexual and violent urges. Then the parasite is accidentally released into a Montreal apartment complex. The film was the subject of great notoriety upon its initial release in Canada, for its use of public funds from the Canadian Film Development Corporation. A writer for the Canadian magazine Saturday Night called it “the most repulsive film I've ever seen” due to its “blood, violence, and depraved sex,” in a write-up that Cronenberg described as so damaging, he not only had difficulties funding his subsequent films, he was also evicted from his apartment under a morality clause.
Jeff Sackman, who is producing the remake with Michael Baker, told Variety, “This is an opportunity to bring Shivers to audiences in our current era and reminds me of cutting-edge films I’ve worked on previously, including American Psycho, Buffalo 66, and Young People Fucking.”