David Cronenberg is a director known for sci-fi horror movies such as Scanners, The Fly and Videodrome. He directed adaptations of William S. Burroughs’ novel Naked Lunch and J.B. Ballard‘s novel Crash. He was offered the chance to direct the third Star Wars movie, originally titled Revenge of the Jedi, after David Lynch declined the project in order to direct Dune. Cronenberg turned the opportunity down to direct Videodrome and The Dead Zone.
In recent years he’s drifted away from sci-fi horror in favor of films that might be described as “psychological thrillers,” but he did take the time to direct an opera based on The Fly.
Cronenberg’s novel Consumed is available for pre-order on Amazon.
Cronenberg’s next film is called Maps To The Stars and stars John Cusack, Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Olivia Williams and Sarah Gadon. You can watch the trailer and find more information here.
Cosmopolis is available for purchase or streaming from Amazon. You can also stream it from Netflix.
Cronenberg is working on a sequel to Eastern Promises, and possibly also a third Fly movie. He’s also working on a novel.
Above: Interview with Cronenberg and William S. Burroughs on the making of Naked Lunch Find the rest here.
Interview in Wired (2007) on how his newer, non-horror movies relate to his older sci-fi horror works.
Excerpt on the subject of gender from an interview published in Cronenberg on Cronenberg
Trailer for A Dangerous Method, Cronenberg’s film about Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung.
Above: Cronenberg’s Nike commercial from 1990
Cronenberg memorobilia from The Criterion Collection.
Still from Dangerous Method
William S. Burroughs
Photo by Rita Molnár / CC
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