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Amazon to remake Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers with Rachel Weisz(es)

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Moving forward with their slate of in-house series, Amazon Studios has announced plans to remake David Cronenberg’s 1988 film Dead Ringers, this time as a series starring Rachel Weisz in the dual-roles of obsessive doctors.

In the original film, Jeremy Irons stars as twin gynecologists whose relationships with patients begin to cross ethical and psychological lines. Being by David Cronenberg, naturally, madness ensues. Dead Ringers remains one of Cronenberg’s best films, channeling his trademark exploration of the human body and its ticks through a cerebral, brooding approach.

Amazon’s update will star Rachel Weisz in the leading roles, said by television co-head at Amazon Studios Albert Cheng to “[explore] the darker side of medicine, obsession, and the human condition, making it a compelling addition to our slate of Amazon Original series.” More details on the project have yet to be released, but it’s been confirmed that Alice Birch, the respected playwright and writer on Hulu’s Normal People, will be writing Dead Ringers for Amazon.

The project was originally pitched by Weisz to Annapurna Television, who now co-produce alongside Amazon.

Though no estimate on production has accompanied the announcement, expect Dead Ringers to be a ways off still, with shoots and schedules delayed and staggered amidst the pandemic. Weisz can next be seen in Marvel’s Black Widow, whenever that releases, as another of the titular Russian operatives Scarlett Johansson made famous.

Source: Variety