The most memorable David Cronenberg films have always been the ones he scripts himself. The man’s perceptions come out on paper in a way that is rivaled by no one. But the last feature script that came wholly from his head was eXistenZ, written a decade ago. Detractors would say, based on the movie’s weird structure and off-kilter feel, that he’s better off working from other writers’ pages these days. Currently, the Robert Ludlum estate agrees.
The decade-long draught of fully original Cronenberg material has me excited that he’s writing a novel. At the Rome Film Festival the director said he’s written sixty pages so far, and that based on that work he’s had significant publisher interest. “It’s at a very delicate phase right now, so I can’t really talk about
it. It’s not like Stephen King, I don’t know what it’s like but you
wouldn’t call it a horror or science fiction novel at all. But what it
is exactly, well, I don’t know yet.” His inability to describe the book is currently the most interesting thing about it; makes it sound perfectly true to form.
When filming “I Love Lucy” producers used tactics to make Ethel, Lucy’s foil, uglier on screen than she was in real life. This was done to put the focus on Lucy. A similar tactic seems to have been used in 2020’s Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn, by not giving any of the supporting actresses … Continue reading — By Sushi-X