“I have unfinished business with the future,” states David Cronenberg in a rather dramatic and exciting announcement for his new feature.
Well, this is exciting news.
David Cronenberg has announced that not only is he returning to the science fiction genre for his next film, but also that the project will be an original screenplay penned by himself, something we haven’t seen since 1999’s Existenz. Whether Cronenberg has decided to reclaim a genre he developed significantly with 1986’s The Fly or has perhaps been inspired by his son Brandon’s recent entry into mind-bending sci-fi with 2020’s Possessor matters not. We’re just happy this project is happening.
The film is set to shoot in Greece this summer, with previous Cronenberg collaborator Viggo Mortensen, set to star alongside Kristen Stewart. Léa Seydoux will also feature in the film which is titled Crimes Of The Future. It all sounds very Cronenberg with the futuristic (yet very topical) notion of trans-humanism looking like it may allow Cronenberg to explore themes of body horror that he has done so effectively in the past.
A released synopsis for the film reads:
The film takes a deep dive into the not-so-distant future where humankind is learning to adapt to its synthetic surroundings. This evolution moves humans beyond their natural state and into a metamorphosis, altering their biological makeup. While some embrace the limitless potential of trans-humanism, others attempt to police it. Either way, in this perfectly crafted Cronenberg world, which marks the iconic filmmaker’s return to sci-fi, ‘Accelerated Evolution Syndrome’, is spreading fast.
Saul Tenser is a beloved performance artist who has embraced Accelerated Evolution Syndrome, sprouting new and unexpected organs in his body. Along with his partner Caprice, Tenser has turned the removal of these organs into a spectacle for his loyal followers to marvel at in real-time theatre. But with both the government and a strange subculture taking note, Tenser is forced to consider what would be his most shocking performance of all.
It all sounds very promising indeed to us. We’ll keep you posted as we hear more.
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