David Cronenberg to Direct Denzel in Robert Ludlum’s The Matarese Circle

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?

  • David Cronenberg isn’t in the big leagues already?

  • Well, yes and no… I think Eastern Promises was technically an indie flick, although A History of Violence wasn’t. This would take him right to the top of the food chain. You don’t get much bigger than directing Denzel Washington.

  • Cronenberg was actually in big demand in the early 80s for blockbuster films, but he turned them all down. In an interview he did in 2005 with Geoff Pevere and Richard Crouse (of Reel 2 Real fame), he confirmed that he was offered Flashdance, Return of the Jedi, and Witness (which was coincidentally Viggo’s first screen role). I believe he was also offered Constantine more recently, but he said he didn’t do that one because (paraphrase) “I don’t do ghosts/vampires/demons.”

    If Viggo’s in this new Denzel movie, sign me up!

  • Ian

    I do like spy movies and I do thing a coldwar period piece with two big actors and Cronenberg might be cool. I just wonder where the face vaginas will work into the story?

  • All I need to hear are the words “David” and “Cronenberg” to convince me something is worth seeing.