It’s been a few months now since we heard anything new on Jen and Sylvia Soska’s remake of David Cronenberg’s Rabid, which is due to begin filming in April. This week brought fresh news however, with Shout! Studios having acquired US rights to the film. The deal is a multi-year agreement giving Shout! Studios all digital, on-demand, broadcast, home entertainment and select SVOD rights to the remake. Big screen distribution will be handled by Back 40 Pictures.
Cronenberg’s 1977 original followed Shivers in the iconic director’s remarkable early run of body-horror gems that also included The Brood (1979), Scanners (’81) and Videodrome (’83). It starred former porn starlet Marilyn Chambers as Rose, who develops a thirst for human blood after undergoing an experimental plastic surgery procedure following a motorcycle accident. As she infects her victims one by one, a city-wide epidemic spreads.
The Soska Sisters are directing Rabid from a screenplay they adapted with John Serge from Cronenberg’s original. Michael Walker, Paul Lalonde, and John Vidette are serving as producers.
Words: Kevan Farrow (@KevanX)