The casting for David Cronenberg‘s adaptation of the Don DeLillo novel Cosmopolis has been an up and down affair, with original talents Colin Farrell and Marion Cotillard dropping out. Robert Pattinson is now the male lead — he plays a young billionaire who deals with quite a few problems as he spends a day crossing Manhattan in his limo. Also in the cast are Juliette Binoche and Paul Giamatti.

And now Robert Pattinson tells MTV that Samantha Morton is in the film, and that a new young actress has been chosen to play his character’s wife, but that he can’t yet reveal her name. I’m very interested to hear who that will be, but in the meantime having Samantha Morton in the cast is a great thing. She is reliably excellent, and even without knowing her specific role the fact that she is cast says good things about the movie overall.

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Here’s a very good turn of events for David Cronenberg‘s adaptation of the Don DeLillo novel Cosmopolis, which is now scheduled to shoot in late May.

The film stars Robert Pattinson as a young billionaire, who during the course of one day traveling across Manhattan in his limo, manages to cheat on his wife, deal with protesters and another antagonist or two, and encounter some financial trouble. We don’t know who’ll play his wife (Marion Cotillard was once set, and Keira Knightley was rumored, then debunked) but we do know that Paul Giamatti will be one of the antagonists.

And now Juliette Binoche is in the cast, and Mathieu Almaric may be along for the ride, too. Read More »

What’s better than having one new David Cronenberg film to look forward to? (The Dangerous Method, now in post-production.) How about another David Cronenberg film that seems to be coming together fast?

We’ve known that the director had lined up Colin Farrell and Marion Cotillard for an adaptation of Don DeLillo‘s novel Cosmopolis. Now he reportedly has Paul Giamatti in talks to appear, as well. Read More »

Remake of The Fly to Be Directed By… David Cronenberg

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Note: With The Matarese Circle, once a potential vehicle for Tom Cruise, seemingly on the back burner, might this be David Cronenberg’s next film? The director also has the previously announced Don DeLillo adaptation and “limo drama,” Cosmopolis, in development.

Predictable news this evening with a double-take twist. David Cronenberg is said to be developing a remake of his 1986 sci-fi horror classic The Fly as a potential vehicle for him to write and direct. Risky Business reports that technological leaps are the main factor in Cronenberg’s decision to remake the material, which is a common excuse—what, no 3D catch?—but in this case, justifiable. Cronenberg’s The Fly was itself a heightened and gory creature feature remake of the 1958 film of the same name starring Vincent Price. Last year, Cronenberg was involved in an opera production of the film for the stage with Fly composer Howard Shore. Common sense says the opera was the decision’s spark.

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I like this! I think. THR reported over the weekend (sorry, we were knee-deep in Comic Con) that David Cronenberg had signed to direct a film adaptation of the Don DeLillo novel Cosmopolis. The trade story lacks a few really key details, like the name of the screenwriter. Cronenberg often scripts his own material, or at least does a script pass on another screenwriter’s draft; I’m curious to know who’s writing this one. Hit the jump for details on the novel and some thoughts on the project.

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