Media Rights Capital and David Cronenberg are teaming up to adapt Wendy Moore's biography of John Hunter, Knifeman for television.
The show will follow 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. John Hunter rose to become the most famous anatomist and surgeon of the eighteenth century. In an age when operations were crude, extremely painful and often fatal, Hunter rejected medieval traditions based on ancient Greek orthodoxy to forge a revolution in surgery founded on pioneering scientific experiments. Although a central figure of the Enlightenment, revered by fellow scientists and friendly with high society, Hunter's tireless quest for human corpses immersed him deep in the sinister world of body-snatching.
The director will direct the pilot from a script written by Rolin Jones. Sam Raimi, Joshua Donen and Robert Zotnowski are producing with the director and writer.
This project is still in early development.