[FSR Retro] Cronenberg Finally Gets ‘Telepathy 2000’ Off the Ground

Editor’s Note: This article was part of our April Fools 2010 project, in which our site was transported back to April 1, 1980. To see all of the retro articles written for this event, please visit our April Fools 2010 Homepage.

I can honestly say that I have no idea how David Cronenberg has managed to offend so many people while being so commercially successful recently. My only explanation is that he’s an obvious icon in our body image-obsessed times, a man consumed with sex and flesh.

Or maybe it’s because he’s Canadian.

Fortunately, that delightful madman has found enough success to finally get his Telepathy 2000 project, one that’s been in the half-written-script stage for several years, in front of the camera. Due to be released next year, the film will focus on a time in the future (presumably the year 2000) where a group of “Scanners” use telepathy to communicate, move objects and kill in ultra-violent ways.

According to a press release, Film Plan International has ponied up $4 million for the project.

Of course, the director has explored telepathy before with his 1969 film Stereo, but this promises to be an entirely different animal, especially with the involvement of special effects make-up artist Dick Smith (who did fantastic work on The Exorcist). There might be some great, gruesome prostheses in this flick.

Coming off of his first big commercial win with The Brood, Cronenberg is proving that shock can make cash at the box office, so I’m hoping for blood, guts and other viscera splayed out on the screen in vivid technicolor reds and oranges. At any rate, it’s great to see him continue down the horror path.

There is a bittersweet element to the production going forward, though, because it means that Cronenberg’s Frankenstein project is yet again on the back burner. Hopefully we’ll get to see that next as it seems like the perfect story for the man exploring science and bodily change in his films.

For now, I’m pumped to see people blowing stuff up with their minds.

What do you think?

A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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