Matarese Circle, The: Ludlum's Novel Is Cronenberg's Next Film

Oct 7, 2008–Cronenberg will direct the political thriller “The Matarese Circle” for MGM. Denzel Washington is attached to star in the film, which is based on Robert Ludlum's novel.

Set against the backdrop of the Cold War, the book revolves around two men, one American, one Soviet, who must cooperate in order to foil a sinister plot to topple the world¬ís governments. The writing team of Michael Brandt and Derek Haas (“3:10 to Yuma”) penned the adaptation. Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing alongside Nick Wechsler and Jeffrey Weiner.

MGM began fast-tracking the project after beating out rival studios for the source material in April. The studio is eyeing a spring start date.

The project marks the second MGM film to attach a top director since Mary Parent took the reins of the studio. Darren Aronofsky is aboard to helm a “RoboCop” reboot.

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