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I’ve been eagerly awaiting the first footage from A Dangerous Method, the new film from David Cronenberg in which Viggo Mortensen plays Sigmund Freud and Michael Fassbender appears as Carl Jung. There isn’t yet any video to share, but we’ve got the first set photos, and I’m impressed with the work Cronenberg’s team has done to make Mortensen and Fassbender nearly look like dead ringers (sorry about that) for their real-life counterparts. Read More »

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Briefly: Despite the fact that he lost Christoph Waltz, I’m seriously interested in David Cronenberg‘s new film, which is now called A Dangerous Method. Production Weekly reports the title change for the film, which is based on Christopher Hampton‘s play The Talking Cure. Filming starts next month and will take place in Berlin, Vienna and Zurich.

The cast remains great, even without Waltz: Michael Fassbender plays Carl Jung, Viggo Mortensen replaced Waltz as Sigmund Freud, and Keira Knightley is Sabina Spielrein, the patient seen by both men. Vincent Cassel also appears. I’d love to see this make the Toronto Film Fest, but that’s probably over-optimistic. Look for the film in 2011, most likely.

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The ever-fruitful and edgy creative partnership between director David Cronenberg and actor Viggo Mortensen continues, with today’s announcement of a sequel to their captivating 2007 Russian mob film Eastern Promises. The pic above perfectly conveys our expectations. Deadline reports that producer Paul Webster is overseeing the project, which now has a completed script by Steve Knight, who penned the original and also wrote David Fincher’s planned Bobby Fischer biopic Pawn Sacrifice. At this time last year, we posted on the possibility of a follow-up.

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Back in December we got word that David Cronenberg would in fact shoot The Talking Cure, an adaptation of the Christopher Hampton play about Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung that was floated as a possible Cronenberg project back in 2007. At the time, he seemed to have a fantastic cast lined up: Christoph Waltz as Freud, Michael Fassbender as Jung, and Keira Knightley as Sabina Spielrein, the patient with whom both men have a relationship of sorts.

Now, sadly, Waltz has dropped out. But Cronenberg’s recent go-to actor, Viggo Mortensen, has stepped in to replace him. Read More »

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Stories like this make me want to bellow like the Kool-Aid Man. At the beginning of November there was a tiny mention in an otherwise unrelated Variety article that suggested David Cronenberg was still developing The Talking Cure, a film based on Christopher Hampton‘s 2002 play about Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. Announced in 2007, this had been quickly sidelined by films like The Matarese Circle and Cosmopolis. Or so we thought. Now it appears that the film is very much happening, and will be the next project for Cronenberg. And that cast? Oh, yeah! Read More »

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I love how the trades bury nuggets of info. At the bottom of the piece I used to source info about Michael Fassbender’s upcoming role in A Single Shot was a throwaway sentence that suggests David Cronenberg is still at work on The Talking Cure, a project we’ve heard almost nothing about in the two years since it was first ‘announced’. Read More »

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