Acclaimed filmmaker David Cronenberg, known for films such as The Fly, Scanners and A History of Violence, to name but a few, is setting his sights on the small screen.
Cronenberg is currently developing a television series, which would mark his debut creating in the episodic format. As per Variety, Cronenberg broke the news while speaking at a panel at the Venice Film Festival. Alas, no further details were made available, with Cronenberg saying that he “can’t talk about it yet.”
Although Cronenberg hasn’t created a series before, he has directed television. His TV credits include episodes of 70s comedy series Peep Show and a show about real court cases titled Scales of Justice. Cronenberg also has experience on the television acting front, having recently played Reverend Verringer in Netflix series Alias Grace.
The panel also saw Cronenberg touch on the rise of home viewing and the challenges it presents to the cinema experience. Basically, “he does not care,” and believes the art of filmmaking is entering an evolutionary stage.
“Today TV screens are getting bigger and bigger and therefore the difference between theatre and domestic viewing has become really flimsy,” Variety quotes Cronenberg as saying.
“The rule used to be that closeup shots were only done for TV, and not for movies. But today that’s no longer the case.”
It remains to be seen just what Cronenberg style we’re going to be getting with this series, and where it will end up (Netflix? Hulu? or a network like NBC or CBS?). Cronenberg’s career can be split in two sections: cult, in-your-face films with heavy doses of body horror with films like Naked Lunch, Scanners, The Fly, Crash; and more dramatic, still gritty fare like A History of Violence, Eastern Promises and A Dangerous Method.