Thursday, April 29, 2021

Future Filling Out Fast

This was a fast update on yesterday's news! Yesterday I reported that David Cronenberg was officially back, set to direct a movie called Crimes of the Future this summer with his boy Viggo Mortensen in Greece, and today we have confirmation along with many more details thanks to Deadline. Firstly, more cast -- it will so-star Léa Seydoux, Kristen Stewart, and (swoon) Scott Speedman. I love Scott Speedman but I never expected to see him in a David Cronenberg movie! I am thinking his Canadian-ness got his pretty pretty foot in the door. 

Moving along I wondered yesterday if Crimes of the Future (2021) might not be a remake of his 1970 film which has the exact same name, but it sounds like it is not... well save one plot-point from the older film I read about in my research yesterday. Here's what Deadline is saying about the new film:

"This is the first original sci-fi script by Cronenberg since 1999’s eXistenZ. It sounds just as ambitious, taking 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, “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."

The whole "organ regrowth" thing is apparently in the 1970 film (which I have yet to watch, even though I own a copy), although there's a whole plot about a plague wiping out all the adult women on Earth and the organ thing being a fetishized replacement for birth, which... well it sure sounds like David Cronenberg. As does this new plot! And "Saul Tenser" is such a Cronenberg character name. Couldn't be more giddy about all of this. Kristen Stewart too! Getcha freak on, KStew!

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