So, as mentioned in our last news post, a TV series based on David Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers, a film which for me ties with Videodrome as his finest, is coming Morgan Creek Entertainment. The news actually broke a few weeks ago but it’s recently come out that Rachel Weisz has signed on to both star in and executive produce the TV series adaptation. Yes, it’s yet another ‘gender swap’ remake. Yawn.
‘Deadline’ tells us:
“In Dead Ringers, written by Alice Birch, The Mantle twins, played by Weisz, are the most successful, brilliant and extraordinary people you’ve never met. Identical from head to toe, these two OB-gyn’s are on a mission to change the way women birth, starting with Manhattan. Drugs, pioneering but very much illegal medical research, sex and falling in love, this drama based on the David Cronenberg ’80s cult classic, takes us to darker and stranger territory than we could have possibly imagined.”
“Is said to explore themes like women’s health and the issues it faces, including underfunding, as it focuses on the two professional women, the Mantle twins, who are excellent at their jobs while also trying to navigate life outside of work. In the series, the Mantle twins share everything: drugs, lovers, and an unapologetic desire to do whatever it takes, including pushing the boundaries on medical ethics in an effort to challenge antiquated practices and bring women’s healthcare to the forefront.”
Personally there’s not much here I like the sound of, even though Weisz is always good and almost always tends to pick good projects too – though I’d have thought that the obvious choice for a TV show would be Scanners actually….