Well I never thought I’d see the day when Canadian horror/sci-fi filmmaker David Cronenberg would be in demand to direct blockbuster films, but apparently that day has finally arrived. After directing A History of Violence and Eastern Promises, two fantastic thrillers that were both critically acclaimed and accepted by mainstream audiences, he is now about to sign up for the first installment of a potentially lucrative franchise for MGM.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cronenberg is in talks to helm The Matarese Circle, a political conspiracy flick based on the 1979 book by Robert Ludlum of Bourne fame. Denzel Washington is attached to star as an American agent who works with a Russian to expose “a mysterious group of criminals called the Matarese that has infiltrated the highest levels of American government”. Man, I’m getting excited already. The screenplay was written by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas (Wanted, 3:10 to Yuma, 2 Fast 2 Furious). Now imagine if this ends up being the movie that Viggo Mortensen hinted would re-unite him with Cronenberg again? This flick would be absolutely off the charts for me! Either way it sounds like the perfect vehicle to break Cronenberg into the big leagues, and I can’t wait to hear more about it. Anyone else digging the sound of this?