Director Darren Lynn Bousman, who recently announced that he's soon to be helming Saw IV, is also now taking on directing duties on Scanners, a re-make of the 1981 head-exploding horror film by David Cronenberg. According to Variety, Weinstein jumped on the re-make during a recent rights lapse. The film will be produced by 'Saw' veterans Mark Burg and Oren Koules, among others. Bousman is scheduled to begin filming Saw IV on April 15 and will direct a rock-opera called Repo for Lionsgate after that -- screenwriter David Goyer apparently has until the end of that shoot to cough up a Scanners script. No word on casting decisions yet for the project yet.
Scanners, in the parlance of the original film, are telepathic individuals who are turned into walking weapons by a greedy corporation. The film had the creepy tagline -- "There are four billion people on Earth. 237 are Scanners." There's no word on how much of a radical departure Goyer's new script will be from the original. Having recently co-wrote the script for Batman Begins, Goyer was also recently taken off The Flash project for Warner Bros. after they could not agree on a storyline; he has also been working on a treatment for a film adaptation of the Marvel comic Thor, and apparently contributed at least a storyline to the upcoming Batman Begins sequel, The Dark Knight.