Canadian horror guru David Cronenberg continues to move away from the creepy genre films that filled the first 25 years of his career with the announcement of another new project being added to his plate this week. In addition to the Robert Ludlum adaptation The Matarese Circle which he is currently developing, he will also be adapting a novel by postmodern author Don DeLillo called Cosmopolis. It will be a co-production of Paris-based Alfama Films and Cronenberg’s own Toronto Antenna Ltd, and starts shooting next year in New York and Toronto.
Cosmopolis is the story of a 28-year-old multi-billionaire who drives across Manhattan in a limo to get a haircut. Yep… that’s it. Of course, a few things happen along the way, but the story all takes place in the course of a day. As far as I know, it doesn’t involve any orifices or bodily fluids either. Clearly this is not typical Cronenberg territory, and what’s more, it doesn’t even sound like a book that many people would find suitable for the big screen. Still, he did adapt J.G. Ballard’s Crash, and even Cronenberg’s other recent, more mainstream films like A History of Violence and Eastern Promises maintained elements of his style throughout. Are you a fan of the “new” Cronenberg, or would you rather see him get back to directing something horror-related?