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dream cast: hypothetical ‘Max Headroom’ remake

It’s Thursday, so it’s time to remake an 80s classic TV show or movie with an all-new cast. This week: Max Headroom, the brilliant 1987-8 American TV series that introduced cyberpunk concepts to a mainstream audience more than a decade before The Matrix… or would have, if anyone had watched it.

(If you have a suggestion for an 80s TV show or movie we should play with, feel free to email me.)
The original cast included:

Edison Carter/Max Headroom: Matt Frewer
Theora Jones: Amanda Pays
Bryce Lynch: Chris Young
Blank Reg: W. Morgan Sheppard
Ned Grossberg: Charles Rocket
Murray: Jeffrey Tambor

If William Gibson wrote Brazil, it might look something like Max Headroom, which posited a world in which credit fraud was worse than murder, terrorists launched virtual attacks over globally networked computers, TV ratings were life-or-death, corporate executives were more powerful than politicians, and mass consumerism was elevated to a religion. In other words, it looked startlingly like the world of 2008: we are all Max’s bitches today. A remake would hardly need to be updated.

I anxiously await the day when an honest DVD release of this is available — right now it’s only low-quality bootlegs.

My dream cast for a revisting of Max’s world:

Edison Carter/Max Headroom: Mos Def
Theora Jones: Claudia Black
Bryce Lynch: Kat Dennings
Blank Reg: Dennis Hopper
Ned Grossberg: Sam Rockwell
Murray: Jeff Goldblum

Watch a full episode, and remember how damn good this show was… and how ahead of its time it still is:

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