After a 7 year break from directing, many people were starting to wonder if David Cronenberg would get behind the camera ever again. We had been hearing rumours of a few possible TV projects including an adaptation of his novel Consumed, but he was clearly in no hurry to return to filmmaking. This week, however, we have some exciting news: not only will David Cronenberg be directing a new movie but he will be writing it as well. It also sounds like it may be a return to form for him in terms of genre and themes. The movie is called Crimes of the Future, sharing a title with a very early film he directed back in 1970 although they do not appear to be directly connected. The plot synopsis is as follows:
“The film takes a deep dive into the not-so-distant future where humankind is learning to adapt to its synthetic surroundings. This evolution moves humans beyond their natural state and into a metamorphosis, altering their biological makeup. While some embrace the limitless potential of transhumanism, others attempt to police it. Either way, in this perfectly crafted Cronenberg world, which marks the iconic filmmaker’s return to sci-fi, “Accelerated Evolution Syndrome”, is spreading fast.
Saul Tenser is a beloved performance artist who has embraced Accelerated Evolution Syndrome, sprouting new and unexpected organs in his body. Along with his partner Caprice, Tenser has turned the removal of these organs into a spectacle for his loyal followers to marvel at in real time theatre. But with both the government and a strange subculture taking note, Tenser is forced to consider what would be his most shocking performance of all.”
Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux and Kristen Stewart are attached to star alongside Scott Speedman, Welket Bungué, Don McKellar and Lihi Kornowski. The movie will be released in the U.S. by NEON, the same company that put out Brandon Cronenberg’s Possessor last year. Principal photography is scheduled to start this August in Athens, Greece. At age 78, it is exciting to see Cronenberg once again doing what he does best. Are you looking forward to Crimes of the Future?