Interview: David Cronenberg discusses Crimes of the Future

As we reported yesterday, JoBlo’s own Chris Bumbray was able to see a sneak preview of a new trailer for writer/director David Cronenberg‘s upcoming body horror (or body beauty) film Crimes of the Future at CinemaCon, and Cronenberg was there to introduce the trailer. Bumbray was also able to talk to Cronenberg for a couple minutes, and you can check out their conversation in the embed above. Topics covered in this quick interview include the question of whether or not there are intentional nods to Cronenberg’s previous films in Crimes of the Future and where technology is in the futuristic setting of his new film.

Starring Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux, Kristen Stewart, Scott Speedman, Tanaya Beatty, Nadia Litz, Yorgos Karamichos, Yorgos Pirpassopoulos, Welket Bungue, Don McKellar, and Lihi Kornowski, Crimes of the Future tells the following story:

As the human species adapts to a synthetic environment, the body undergoes new transformations and mutations. With his partner Caprice (Seydoux), Saul Tenser (Mortensen), celebrity performance artist, publicly showcases the metamorphosis of his organs in avant-garde performances. Timlin (Stewart), an investigator from the National Organ Registry, obsessively tracks their movements, which is when a mysterious group is revealed… Their mission – to use Saul’s notoriety to shed light on the next phase of human evolution.

Mortensen has said this “strange film noir story” was something Cronenberg originally wrote a long time ago, but recently pulled off the shelf and “refined”. Cronenberg has since confirmed that he wrote the script twenty years ago. This marks the first time Cronenberg has directed one of his own original screenplays since eXistenz in 1999.

Robert Lantos produced Crimes of the Future alongside Panos Papahadzis. Steve Solomos is co-producer. Joe Iacono, Thorsten Schumacher, Peter Touche, Christelle Conan, Aida Tannyan, Victor Loewy, and Victor Hadida served as executive producers. Bonnie Do and Laura Lanktree are associate producers.

Neon will be releasing Crimes of the Future in New York and Los Angeles on June 3rd before giving it a wide release on June 10th. 

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Cody is a news editor and film critic, focused on the horror arm of, and writes scripts for videos that are released through the JoBlo Originals and JoBlo Horror Originals YouTube channels. In his spare time, he's a globe-trotting digital nomad, runs a personal blog called Life Between Frames, and writes novels and screenplays.