Today’s the day that David Cronenberg will receive the highest award in the gift of the French government when he is ordained into the Légion d’Honneur. This is an honour that dates back to Napoleonic times but in more recent history has been awarded to an impressive roster of filmmakers including Satyajit Ray, David Lynch and Akira Kurosawa. A sign of the times, perhaps, that this latest honoree’s day job right now is preparing a muti-million dollar action thriller with two huge Hollywood stars.

That film is The Matarese Circle and the stars are Tom Cruise and Denzel Washington. Cronenberg has been telling the Toronto Star about his plans for the film, which are rather exciting, and I’ve got a break down and key quotes after the break.

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