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10.07.2008
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Filmmaker David Cronenberg may tend to make movies that aggressively steer away from the mainstream, but the guy who has brought us exploding heads, mugwump jism, body horror and Brundlepods may be getting a bit closer to wide audiences.

Cronenberg is circling a political thriller called THE MATARESE CIRCLE, based on book by Robert Ludlum, whose previous works were adapted (however loosely) into the wildly successful BOURNE movies. And what's more, Oscar-winner Denzel Washington wants to leave his MANCHURIAN side behind for some different politics.

The MGM project, penned by top scribes Michael Brandt and Derek Haas (3:10 TO YUMA), is set during the Cold War and involves an American and a Soviet cooperating to deal with a larger plot that could topple the world's governments. A bit more grand in scope than RED HEAT, then.

Extra Tidbit: If Cronenberg needs someone for the Russian, comrade Viggo Mortensen showed he can pull off the accent in EASTERN PROMISES.
Source: Variety

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11:31PM on 10/08/2008

Cronenberg and Washington

A nice combination...

Looking forward to it...
A nice combination...

Looking forward to it...
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1:18AM on 10/08/2008

Yo writer19

A bit homophobic are we?
A bit homophobic are we?
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12:47AM on 10/08/2008
I love Cronenberg and even though his recent films haven't been the aggressive non-mainstream of his older films, he is still great at what he does so I'm looking forward to it. Yet, I would like to see him return to the obscure.

Oh and it was Viggo's idea to get naked in Eastern Promises, not Cronenbergs.
I love Cronenberg and even though his recent films haven't been the aggressive non-mainstream of his older films, he is still great at what he does so I'm looking forward to it. Yet, I would like to see him return to the obscure.

Oh and it was Viggo's idea to get naked in Eastern Promises, not Cronenbergs.
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12:28AM on 10/08/2008

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I'm a HUGE Cronenberg fan, and this just sounds so far out of left field for him that I'm not quite sure what to think. Seriously, this seems more out of line than Fast Company (and the three of us who have seen that know what I mean). Oh well, Cronenberg hasn't done me wrong once yet (although Eastern Promises was a bit too predictable for my tastes...)
I'm a HUGE Cronenberg fan, and this just sounds so far out of left field for him that I'm not quite sure what to think. Seriously, this seems more out of line than Fast Company (and the three of us who have seen that know what I mean). Oh well, Cronenberg hasn't done me wrong once yet (although Eastern Promises was a bit too predictable for my tastes...)
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11:13PM on 10/07/2008

Cronenberg is coming out of hiding?

seriously anyone who would force an actor to get butt-naked and roll around with a bunch of dudes has to be one of the top five directors, right?
seriously anyone who would force an actor to get butt-naked and roll around with a bunch of dudes has to be one of the top five directors, right?
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11:07PM on 10/07/2008

Viggo for the Russian

Defintely, Viggo would work. i read the book, and it's sequel, and I thought that a good movie lay in there, and with David Cronenberg directing, I can see a dark grit to the movie that definitely needs to be there.
Defintely, Viggo would work. i read the book, and it's sequel, and I thought that a good movie lay in there, and with David Cronenberg directing, I can see a dark grit to the movie that definitely needs to be there.
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