“Freak of nature, born with a certain form of ESP.”

David Cronenberg’s Scanners, the cult classic horror that you may know for its graphically exploding head, is being turned into a TV show.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 1981 horror movie is being adapted for television in a new series that’s headed to HBO.

William Bridges, who co-wrote the Emmy award-winning USS Callister episode of Black Mirror, is the show’s writer and showrunner, with Yann Demange directing. The film’s original writer and director David Cronenberg is on board as executive producer.

Scanners was originally released in 1981 and tells the story of a group of people with psychic, telepathic, and telekinetic powers – known as “scanners”. Weapons and security system maker ConSec attempts to seek out these people to use them for their own shadowy purposes. But the rogue scanner Revok (Michael Ironside) wages a war against the company.

That is, until another scanner, Cameron Vale (Stephen lack) is sent to put a stop to him. The results include some famously graphic violence, including a character's head exploding in wild fashion. The TV show will have a lot to live up to on that front.

The film earned just $14.2 million at the worldwide box office but has since become a cult classic. Cronenberg went on to follow it up with Videodrome and The Dead Zone.

Scanners is widely considered to be Cronenberg’s first mainstream success. The upcoming series isn’t a reboot or remake but instead exists within the world of Scanners.

“The series is being described as a visceral thriller set in the mind-bending world of Cronenberg’s film,” said The Hollywood Reporter. “It will focus on two women living on the fringes of modern society who are pursued by relentless agents with unimaginable powers and thus must learn to work together to topple a vast conspiracy determined to bring them to heel.”

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classic head-exploding horror scanners is becoming an hbo series
classic head-exploding horror scanners is becoming an hbo series
classic head-exploding horror scanners is becoming an hbo series

The upcoming series has reportedly been in the works for the last five years, while Cronenberg himself was busy making his recent sci-fi body horror flick, Crimes of the Future. Who will be cast in the show’s two leading roles remains to be seen, but this is a great time for fans of head-exploding horror.

Want to read more about David Cronenberg? Check out how Crimes of the Future brings a grim evolution to sex, and why Cronenberg’s latest won’t get a director’s cut.

Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.

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