David Cronenberg Signs on to Direct Jonathan Lethem’s AS SHE CLIMBED ACROSS THE TABLE

     June 22, 2010

Director David Cronenberg (A History of Violence) is showing no sign of slowing down.  Pajiba reports that Cronenberg is now attached to helm an adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s metaphysical love story As She Climbed Across the Table.  The story centers on Professor Phillip Engstrand who is in love with particle physicist Alice Coombs.  Unfortunately for Phillip, Alice is in love with “The Lack”–a selective black hole–leaving Phillip to basically compete with nothingness for her affection.  It’s an interesting premise and Pajiba says that “They’re going with something in the vein of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.”  Steve Zaillian will produce.

Cronenberg’s hasn’t made science fiction film since 1999’s eXistenZ.  He previously signed on to remake his classic 1986 sci-fi horror The Fly.  It’s kind of crazy that he hasn’t done sci-fi in over a decade when you consider he’s so damn good at crafting intelligent and gruesome approaches to the material (although that’s a trademark for the majority of his filmography).  I’m happy that he’ll be returning to the genre, although I don’t know if this project lends itself to the “gruesome” part.  However, I would prefer he do this movie rather than redo The Fly.

Hit the jump for an update on Cronenberg’s other projects.

Cronenberg is currently filming A Dangerous Method (formerly The Talking Cure).  The film is about a rumored feud between the Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung over a patient (played by Keira Knightley).  Viggo Mortensen and Michael Fassbender are playing Freud and Jung, respectively.  The film also co-stars Vincent Cassel.  I can’t wait to check out this film, but unfortunately I’ll have to wait until 2011.

The director is also reteaming with Mortensen for Eastern Promises 2,  and is following up Method with the thriller Cosmopolis starring Colin Farrell and Marion Cotillard.  Back in February 2009 he was attached to direct an adaptation of Robert Ludlum’s The Matarese Circle, but I don’t know the current status of that project.

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