Wednesday, December 23, 2009 at 6:09PM
David Cronenberg, who while we weren't looking apparently became a mainstream filmmaker, has signed up Keira Knightley and Basterds co-stars Christoph waltz and Michael Fassbender for an adaptation of Christopher Hampton's play The Talking Cure. The Playlist cites a Facebook post by Australian outfit Hopscotch Films, proving that news can come from just about anywhere these days.
The story revolves around Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud, so I guess that makes this an action movie, huh? The fathers of
psychoanalysis met in 1907, and maintained a long relationship. Freud was about 20 years older, so I'd guess that means Waltz is
Sigmund and Fassbender is Jung. As for Knightley, here's how she fits in:
"A beautiful young woman, driven mad by her past. An ambitious doctor on a mission to succeed. An esteemed mentor with a revolutionary cure. Let the mind games begin…"Keira has received generally strong reviews for her West End debut in a new stage version of Moliere's The Misanthrope, and she'll need pretty good moves to stay on screen here, although I think she's usually up to the task. No complaints about the cast at all. The Playlist also says that Cronenberg's Robert Ludlum film, The Matarese Circle, has been ditched because Tom Cruise chose to make Knight & Day. That's a shame. Not so much the Cruise angle (there are dozens of other options), but that we won't get a Cronenberg spy movie. At least not for a while longer.