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Soska Sisters are “RABID” for a Cronenberg remake

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Twisted Twins Jen and Sylvia Soska hail from Canada, so it only makes sense that they’re tackling a redux of a film by the country’s greatest genre director.

Variety reports that the Soska Sisters will direct not just a feature-film update of David Cronenberg’s RABID, but a TV series as well. Paul Lalonde, Michael Walker and John Vidette’s Somerville House Releasing will produce, with shooting set to being this summer. The original RABID, released in 1977, starred adult-film actress Marilyn Chambers as a woman who undergoes experimental surgery following a motorcycle accident, and winds up growing a new, bizarre organ that sucks blood from victims and spreads a virulent rage disease through the populace.

“This is a huge honor for us,” the Soskas tell FANGORIA. “Getting the opportunity to remake a David Cronenberg film is something we always dreamed of, but never expected to have the chance to actually do! Cronenberg’s work and uncanny approach to body horror is unlike anything else out there. The original RABID came out almost 40 years ago, and its message is even more relevant today. The term ‘rabid’ refers to both the disease and being extremely violent, and our film will explore this in today’s society in a very unique way, much like the original.”

Lalonde says, “The addition of Jen and Sylvia Soska to the team is a real coup. When you’re remaking a classic horror film like RABID, you have to make sure you don’t compromise when it comes to the director. The Soskas are among the hottest young directors in the horror genre and I couldn’t be happier with our choice.” Stay tuned for further updates!

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Michael Gingold

Michael Gingold has been a member of the FANGORIA team for the past three decades. After starting as a writer for the magazine in 1988, he came aboard as associate editor in 1990 and two years later moved up to managing editor. He now serves as editor-in-chief of the magazine while continuing to contribute numerous articles and reviews, as well as a contributing editor/writer for this website.

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