Though his most recent film, A Dangerous Method, probed the depths of the human mind, with his next project David Cronenberg will return to the subject that made him famous -- the human body. And he's teaming up with another horror auteur for it. Cronenberg and Sam Raimi will co-produce Knifeman, a TV series adaptation of author Wendy Moore's biography The Knife Man: The Extraordinary Life and Times of John Hunter, Father of Modern Surgery. (The pioneering Hunter was apparently an inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson when he wrote Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.) Cronenberg himself will direct the series pilot. More after the jump.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Director David Cronenberg is heading to the small screen... The History of Violence helmer is teaming with Media Rights Capital for his first foray into television. He will direct the pilot as well as serve as an executive producer on Knifeman, based on biography by Wendy Moore."
"The drama, which has yet to be shopped to buyers, focuses on the trials and triumphs of a radical, self-educated surgeon, delivering a visceral portrait of the extraordinary and unorthodox lengths he will go to uncover the secrets of the human body. Cronenberg will be a partner on the project, much as David Fincher is on MRC's House of Cards, set to debut on Netflix this year.
"Knifeman is being written by Emmy-nominated writer-producer Rolin Jones (Friday Night Lights, Weeds, Smash) with the story by Jones and Ron Fitzgerald (Friday Night Lights). The MRC project will count Cronenberg and Jones, along with the Stars Road team of Sam Raimi, Josh Donen and Robert Zotnowski as executive producers. Sentient's Renee Tab is attached as a co-executive producer as well. The team's next step is casting a lead."
Just how "visceral" this portrait will be remains to be seen. But with Cronenberg at the helm, it's unlikely to be family viewing. Long live the new flesh!