Knifeman is to be David Cronenberg‘s first foray into directing TV since he delivered an episode of the Nightmare on Elm Street series. From the details on hand, it sounds like a pretty good match – there’s certainly going to be a lot of interesting body parts about, and a lead character with some unorthodox ideas about biology (cf. Dead Ringers, The Fly, The Brood… and so on).
The show will be based upon the novel The Knife Man by Wendy Moore, recounting a fictional story of real-life figure John Hunter, one of the world’s first scientific surgeons and a man who had regular dealings with grave robbers and body snatchers in the early part of the 18th Century. The official press release from the show’s financiers, MRC, seems to be working a bit of a Dr. House angle:
A radical, self-educated surgeon delivering a visceral and psychological portrait of the extraordinary and unorthodox lengths he will go to uncover the secrets of the human body.
The pilot has been scripted by Rolin Jones, a sometime Friday Night Lights writer. Jones and Cronenberg are amongst the producers, alongside Sam Raimi. Interestingly, there’s no broadcaster mentioned in the press release. MRC’s other current show, House of Cards, is headed straight to Netflix. Does a similar fate await the Knifeman?