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David Cronenberg dives into Jonathan Lethem's black hole

08.06.2011
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Director David Cronenberg paired with genre-bending novelist Jonathan Lethem seems like a match made in Heaven -- a surreal, potentially gooey Heaven.

The "body horror" master has been associated with an adaptation of Lethem's book AS SHE CLIMBED ACROSS THE TABLE for a while, but has been busy with COSMOPOLIS and A DANGEROUS METHOD (both of which start hitting festivals in the near future).

Now Media Rights Capital is pulling the trigger on the project, giving Cronenberg the go-ahead to do more sci-fi mindf*cking with the funky tale of romance, obsession and theoretical physics.

A brief bit about the story: "Philip is in love with Alice. As the novel opens, he is beginning to lose her. Not to another man, as he fears, but to, literally, nothing. Alice is a physicist, and a team at the University where both she and Philip work has created a hole, a vacuum, a doorway of nothingness inside the laboratory. They call it "Lack." Alice becomes obsessed with Lack, as Philip is obsessed by Alice."

Lethem's books "Motherless Brooklyn", "Gun, with Occasional Music" and "The Fortress of Solitude" are also all in some state of feature film development. (No "Amnesia Moon"? Whaaa?)

Extra Tidbit: Media Rights Capital is also behind Neill Blomkamp's DISTRICT 9 follow-up, the mysterious futuristic thriller ELYSIUM, starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and Sharlto Copley.
Source: Deadline

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2:07AM on 08/07/2011
Sounds like a perfect fit! I'll be curious to see where this goes.
Sounds like a perfect fit! I'll be curious to see where this goes.
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7:34PM on 08/06/2011
Back where he belongs. In the realm of sci-fi. Confining his storytelling to the limits of reality is not what Cronenberg needs.
Back where he belongs. In the realm of sci-fi. Confining his storytelling to the limits of reality is not what Cronenberg needs.
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5:09PM on 08/06/2011

AWESOME!

Great book, and great director. I've been waiting for Lethem's work to start being made into movies after I heard that Norton had grabbed the rights to Motherless Brooklyn (which went into dev. hell). This story is quirky enough for Cronenberg to actually work.
Great book, and great director. I've been waiting for Lethem's work to start being made into movies after I heard that Norton had grabbed the rights to Motherless Brooklyn (which went into dev. hell). This story is quirky enough for Cronenberg to actually work.
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5:08PM on 08/06/2011

It's perfect Cronenberg material

Looking forward to it already
Looking forward to it already
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10:38AM on 08/06/2011
I'm loving how suddenly prolific Cronenberg's become.

I'm hoping these next few films are the best, most mind-fucking of his career.
I'm loving how suddenly prolific Cronenberg's become.

I'm hoping these next few films are the best, most mind-fucking of his career.
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