According to Pajiba, the filmmaker is set to not only return to sci-fi, but also the romance genre, with an adaptation of the 1997 hit Jonathan Lethem novel, As She Climbed Across The Table.
The story follows a scientist whose relationship with a fellow physicist falls apart after he, Phillip, becomes infatuated with a vacuum of nothingness known as Lack. The film sounds completely and utterly Cronenbergian, not only in its sci-fi tones, but as seen with films like Crash, director Cronenberg seems to have a dark view of romance.
In the Cronenberg universe, romance is nothing more than justified obsession, which this film definitely follows. It will be interesting to see if his other neo-romance, the Sigmund Freud film, A Dangerous Mind, follows suit or not. With Steve Zaillian producing the film, expect this one to get rolling rather soon. He has both Mind and the recently announced Colin Farrell film, Cosmopolis set to shoot this year, so this should follow shortly thereafter. The project sounds massively interesting, and I can’t wait to see what Cronenberg’s take on the material will be like.