It’s been over half a decade since we last saw a David Cronenberg film, but finally his next feature is on the way, and it sounds like a doozy.
Announced today as a partnership between NEON and Serendipity Point Films, the director’s latest feature is titled Crimes of the Future. The director will reunite with Viggo Mortensen for their fourth collaboration, bringing along co-stars Léa Seydoux and Kristen Stewart.
Written by Cronenberg as an original story, Crimes of the Future is described as 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 transhumanism, 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.”
This will be Cronenberg’s first original script since eXistenZ in 1999, which is fitting as that film was another exploration of Cronenberg’s recurring ideas of how our bodies will adapt and evolve into something more synthetic.
On paper, this sounds like a return to some of his earlier works, a change of pace after he’s been working in different genres for the better part of the last two decades.
Cronenberg remains appropriately mysterious about the project, saying only, “I have unfinished business with the future”.
We’ll soon find out what exactly that means, as shooting on the film is set to begin this summer in Greece.