Cronenberg to Helm Black Hole Love Triangle Project 'Across the Table'
Cronenberg is back in business. He's already finished with his anticipated fall drama A Dangerous Method and just finished shooting Cosmopolis, so what's next for David Cronenberg? Well, Deadline is reporting he's attached to another project, an adaptation of the Jonathan Lethem novel As She Climbed Across the Table that Media Rights Capital has preemptively acquired. Writer Bruce Wagner (Showtime's "State of the Union") is adapting the script that is part comedic, part thriller about a female physicist who creates a black hole and "dumps her boyfriend" to devote all her time to working on said black hole. Perfect for Cronenberg.
The 1997 novel is about a love triangle that narrator Phillip Engstrand, a university professor, gets into with Alice Coombs, a particle physicist engaged in a bold attempt to "replicate the origins of the universe." The result of the experiment is "Lack", a very selective black hole that sucks some things into its void--a cat, a pair of socks, a strawberry--and rejects others, namely, a love-struck Alice. As Alice's unrequited obsession with Lack grows, Phillip becomes so desperate to save his beloved from this empty rival that he risks a journey down the metaphysical rabbit hole. This sounds totally brilliant anyway, I think I need to read the book! Film Rites' Steve Zaillian and Garrett Basch are producing. If anything, this sounds reminiscent of Cronenberg's The Fly (1986) and if he can get back to that with this project, I'm already anxious to see it.