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Robert Pattinson to work with David Cronenberg in COSMOPOLIS!

Nordling here.
According to Deadline, Robert Pattinson's moved up to the big leagues, director wise (continue to hum THE JEFFERSONS theme if you like) as his next project seems to be with none other than David Cronenberg in a film called COSMOPOLIS.
The plot, which sounds vaguely science-fictiony to me and that makes this definitely one to watch for considering it's a Cronenberg film, concern's Pattinson's character in the near-future who risks his entire fortune.  It's based on the Don DeLillo novel, which I've not read.  Apparently Pattinson is a Cronenberg fan, but aren't we all?
Personally, I think Pattinson gets a bad rap.  He's not the most chaismatic of actors, but I think he wants to do good outside the TWILIGHT franchise, and working with Cronenberg is a huge leap in quality in my opinion.  Guy's never made a film that wasn't interesting.  I'm curious to see how this plays out.
Nordling, out.
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  • Jan. 5, 2011, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Description? Title? Anything?

    by Crow3711

    What sounds sci-fi-ish about it?

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 5:06 p.m. CST

    Yeah, it's based on WHAT DeLillo novel?

    by jimmy_009

    Missing a key bit of info here.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Pattison almost worked with PTA

    by Lovecraftfan

    He turned it down though and later regretted it.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 5:09 p.m. CST

    if you want pretty take her

    by phifty2

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 5:13 p.m. CST

    uhh wrong tb

    by phifty2

    Cosmopolis is the novel though it doesn't seem very sci-fi to me.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 5:19 p.m. CST


    by ColeTrickle

    That's the book it is based on.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 5:24 p.m. CST

    "Cosmopolis" is not set in a "futuristic metropolis"

    by StarWarsRedux

    It's set in New York, before 9/11. Unless Cronenberg is making massive changes to DeLillo's book, which would be odd.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 5:25 p.m. CST

    Pattinson gets a bad rap because he agrees to take on shitty roles

    by Quadrillionaire

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Edward Cullen is a shitty role with a massive fan base

    by Quadrillionaire

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 5:30 p.m. CST

    i dont hate Pattinson for bein in Twilight movies

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    the movies might really suck (as anyone with good taste will say), but I have nothin against him (besides thinkin he looks like he stinks)... the Taylor kid on the other hand... HOW DARE YOU FUCKING KUNGFU KICK A CARDBOARD CUTOUT of KANYE ONLY TO BE DUMPED BY A 6FT TALL 12 YEAR OLD GIRL?!

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 5:35 p.m. CST

    I still have some leftover respect for Pattinson

    by toshiro-solo

    Due to him being Cedric Diggory. He was good in Goblet of Fire. I liked it. I'll give him a pass for the Twilight movies, but - I'm glad that it looks like he's trying to move forward from them.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 6:03 p.m. CST

    DeLillo and Cronenberg?

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Sounds like an ideal match.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 6:04 p.m. CST

    He was a non-entitity as Diggory

    by jimmy_009

    Did he really say a whole lot? Or do much actual acting? He was just there running through the physical requirements of the role.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 6:05 p.m. CST

    er.. non-entity

    by jimmy_009

    Forget the extra tity.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 6:13 p.m. CST


    by WriteForTheEdit

    NEVER FORGET the extra titty... That was the lesson we all learned watching "Total Recall."

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 6:23 p.m. CST

    This is not new...s

    by Machine Gun Simon Fire Viterbo

    Shit it's even been on Wikipedia for like a year... "On July 26, 2009, it was announced that Canadian director David Cronenberg had become involved in the project and would now bring the novel to the screen. The film is scheduled to begin filming in 2010, with Paulo Branco's Paris-based production house Alfama Films co-producing with Cronenberg's Toronto Antenna Ltd." It is however very, very cool. Cronenbergcronbergcronenbergcronenberg...

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 7:13 p.m. CST

    so will this film

    by Noddy93

    enlighten the populace?

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Learn how to READ you dummies!!

    by Sloopjohnb

    What title? What's it about? What is a Don DeLillo? Sheesh. The man is probably the best living American writer. Read a fucking book.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Hope cronenberg goes batshit crazy

    by proevad

    like in the old days, and makes all the tweens that sneak in to see this cuz of Robert, shit themselves with revulsion and fear. Want me some "Videodrome" Cronenberg this time around. Make em puke David. Have Robert go down on some alien cock.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 8:40 p.m. CST

    "I think Pattinson gets a bad rap"

    by Immortal_Fish

    What, exactly, separates this man from the kid in Eragon? No, I'm NOT kidding. I see no difference in style, appearance, delivery, skill, motivation, ANYTHING. Why, exactly, should Pattinson get a pass when the Eragon kid goes back to lumberjacking?

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 8:40 p.m. CST

    "I think Pattinson gets a bad rap"

    by Immortal_Fish

    What, exactly, separates this man from the kid in Eragon? No, I'm NOT kidding. I see no difference in style, appearance, delivery, skill, motivation, ANYTHING. Why, exactly, should Pattinson get a pass when the Eragon kid goes back to lumberjacking?

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 9:05 p.m. CST


    by maxwell's hammer

    I wouldn't go so far as to call "Cosmopolis" sci-fi, but there are some frustratingly ambiguous references to robots and some almost futuristic technology in the main character's limo.<BR> <BR> And if you want to know the plot, [spoilers] its basically a rich man's limo ride through NYC to get a haircut while social unrest rages in the streets.<BR> <BR> Yeah, I was surprised as anybody when I found out they were making it into a movie.

  • I was going through the garage, I found some old umd's we've had for years and haven't opened so I brought them out to watch was for Cowboy Bebop the movie and another was Metropolis the anime version. One of the quotes is of james cameron stating that the movie has images that will stay with you forever...hopefully he's right I'll watch it when my psp is fully charged.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 9:14 p.m. CST

    wasn't collin ferrel sposed to be in this?

    by mojination

    Cronenberg's films are about the internal violently manifesting externally, physically or otherwise. In this case it's a story about financial nihilism completely fucking overwhelming this incredibly wealthy guy. it's a pretty spectacular meltdown, cronenberg is perfect. good timing too in todays climate.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 10:08 p.m. CST


    by frank cotton

    is good CRONENBERG. wish he'd film in my area, like LYNCH did

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 10:33 p.m. CST

    I just watched The Brood...

    by ufoclub1977

    Conceptually it's genius... but the the details and execution/blocking/direction of some of the situations was b-movie mediocre... even frustrating. I do love The Dead Zone! And eXistenZ.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 10:34 p.m. CST

    Pattison's vaginal chest cavity smiles proudly.

    by fustfick

    I've never seen anything Pattinson's been in, but Cronenberg always delivers the goods. Consider me sold. Anyone catch Pattinson in that Dali movie?

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 10:53 p.m. CST

    Will he be ass raped by a giant bug in this.

    by JohnWayneWasGay

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 10:57 p.m. CST

    the book: not that good (spoilers?)

    by believe_it

    not delillo's finest hour. as a character study of conceptual and absolute wealth it's got its bonafides. not much else. nothing actually happens in the book. a limo drives around, the yen destabilizes, the world turns. also, not even remotely science fiction. wake me for a "libra" or "underworld" or "falling man" adaptation.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 12:39 a.m. CST

    I just wish Cronenberg...

    by Tristan

    Would go back to a bit of body horror. I've found his recent stuff relatively disappointing (eg Spider, Eastern Promises). I wish he'd gotten to make Painkillers, which sounded really cool. I guess there wasn't a big enough Canadian tax shelter to cover the budget!

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 7:28 a.m. CST

    The combination of Don Delillo and Cronenberg....

    by rbatty024

    might just be the best match since peanut butter and chocolate. Both have a wicked, post-modern sense of humor. I can see their styles meshing well. I haven't read Cosmopolis, but I love several of Delillo's novels. They're so surreal at times that I think only a director like Cronnenberg could really capture both the mundane and the absurd side of Delillo's writing.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 8:27 a.m. CST

    I'm extremely well qualified

    by PeanutButterSlut

    to comment here. It was I, Peanut Butter Slut, who got the old VIDEO DROME tb to #1 on a decently busy day here. So, that being said (Oh I've been first a few times too) I shall now dispense my wisdom,....... CINO! CINO! CINO!

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 8:35 a.m. CST

    More dispensing

    by PeanutButterSlut

    of wisdom for you. But first, I must say that the last "Trophy" I need from AICN is the ol "make a weird app to fix aint it cool news when they get hacked and shoddily redesign the site". That eTrophy (basically like a digital trophy you get for AICN accomplishments kinda like those xbox360 accomplishment things) goes to that guy. Cherish it dude. However, due to the horrid redesign here, like those horrible tabs that hold the days stories, and are unreadable, I fear I must hunt for trophies in 'richer jungles' like facebook and the newsgroup. Anywho, Cronenberg is awesome, this story sounds cool, and R-Pat seems like some rich douche who would get a lot of pussy then squander his fortune on stupid yen. While going to get his hair frosted/combed.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Cosmopolis novel repurposed another DeLillo script

    by Laserhead

    DeLillo wrote a script that became a Michael Keaton movie called 'Game 6'. Largely about a dude who rides around in a limo all day. This script was eventually revisited as the novel 'Cosmopolis,' which is one of DeLillo's worst. So Cronenburg's making a movie of a DeLillo novel that was itself a re-imagining of another movie script called 'Game 6.'

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Pattinsons been bad in everything, not just Twilight

    by IndustryKiller!

    He's literally never delivered anything but a wooden, hushed whisper voice, painfully earnest performance. I was completely willing to give the guy a shot but he isn't good. And before you say "Well maybe Cronenberg can do something with him." allow me to retort with Well maybe Cronenberg should hire a fucking good actor to begin with who deserves the job.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Decent enough book...

    by mcflash

    I thought it was okay, not one of Delillo's best but definitely one that would translate well to the screen IMO. Pattinson is a horrible actor who has claimed, I think while doing press for that garbage movie he did with Claire from Lost, that he's terrible at memorizing lines (aka pretty much the only skill required of an actor) but if anyone can coax a decent performance out of him it's Croney.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 12:16 p.m. CST

    delillo's worst...

    by foree forehead still miles better than many others' "best". i am probably in the minority but i actually liked cosmopolis better than falling man, ratner's star, great jones st., or body artist, and it's actually more memorable than mao 2 or the names. probably because it's easier to "get". i'm not sure i'd agree with underworld or libra being entirely filmable, difficult to give the holy source material in these cases as much credit as they deserve. agree with falling man, it'll be a movie one day. and white noise should get made also. one further thing, delillo's most recent "point omega" seems a better fit for cronenberg - part of it features a real-world art installation that plays "Psycho" slowed-down for 24 hours.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 12:54 p.m. CST


    by uberman

    had the misfortune of taking the lead role in a beloved teenybopper dark romance where the vampires sparkle and there are no men in superhero spandex. I mean, really? Your pissed at an actor for getting paid doing a little girl book? You need to ask yourself why. I have no problem with him as an actor. If you wanna hate on an actor, how about Jon Voight or Chuck Norris, as they really are major league asses.

  • Sounds like George Lucas' dream actor! But yeah, Pattinson sucks. Such a lifeless, boring actor, even outside those films based off novels by a mentally ill mormon woman.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Justin Bieber

    by DrPepperPHD

    to play the limo driver. Miley Cyrus to play the limo driver's wife. Somebody's head explodes about midway in to the film. I'll probably pay to see it. <p> Would somebody please recommend a good starting point with this author? He seems right up my alley.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Robert Pattinson delivers his lines like...

    by Immortal_Fish

    ...Joaquin Phoenix's character in The Village. And uberman, Hayden Christensen falls into the same category as Pattinson; i.e. wooden, boring, uninspired. Only Christensen had the misfortune of taking the lead role in a beloved scifi blockbuster, which was no little girl book. Maybe you need to ask yourself why you're going to bat for a lousy actor.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Cronenberg needs to remake (& recast) SCANNERS...

    by spidar40

    If anything , to atone for Stephen's...''Lack'' of acting talent. Either that or Fast Company 2.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 7:24 p.m. CST


    by foree forehead

    i'd start with "white noise" - unless you're just taking the piss.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 9:02 p.m. CST

    frank can act -

    by frank cotton

    he plays a sane human being 365 days a year, but his memory is shot. lots of good actors have bad memories. he can also act up, act out, etc.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 9:15 p.m. CST

    Foree Forehead

    by DrPepperPHD

    Nope that was a serious inquiry. I've heard of the man, I just never got around to reading any of his work. There's just too much to read and so little time. I'll start with your recommendation though.....many thanks :D

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 7:58 a.m. CST

    Pattinson it seems does good with what he's given but

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    he's given garbage. Just to educate myself I read the first and second Twilight books. I saw the first movie. While it appeals to teen girls I find it hard to believe they found a way to make vampires and werewolves boring, but they did it. The guys who go to these movies are either trying to score witht the chicks, gay, or just want to hang out with their friends, and don't care about the movie. Hopefully Cronenberg can bring him to new heights.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Bill Erwin obit???

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    I thought I'd give it a few days. It's the new year. We got Ann Francis. Where the hell is the Bill Erwin obit? If you don't know the name, you know the face. This great character actor has been in everything. He lived every geeks dream by being in a movie with JCVD. Everyone oohs and aaahs over his appearance on Seinfeld. I never cared for that show or saw the episode. His career peak was starring with Christopher Reeve, Christopher Plummer, and Jane Seymour in Somehwere in Time. That's a movie. Although I guess technically he wasn't in the movie with Plummer and Seymour.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 10:42 a.m. CST


    by foree forehead

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 10:45 a.m. CST

    ehhhh... drpepperphd again

    by foree forehead

    great! glad you'll give him a shot, he's my favorite. my guess is if you like some of franzen or foster wallace or david mitchell then you might like him. he's a very american writer. i think he must've been influenced a lot by pynchon but i don't think i've ever read that.

  • I've read a couple by Cormac McCarthy. He's still alive. I don't know if he lives any better than your guy, though. That's a tough call. Best living. How do you decide? Which one has the bigger house? Which one's wife has the bigger titties? Oh. You meant your dude's writing was the best? That's really just kind of stupid.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 1:58 p.m. CST


    by foree forehead

    i've read enough of mccarthy to tell you that delillo ain't half bad man.