UPDATE: Before we get to the story as-was, here’s the actual first poster for the film:
Click on it to make it monstrously massive.
We can thank Cosmopolis Film for that. Now, back to the original report…
David Cronenberg is currently putting the finishing touches to Cosmopolis, his adaptation of the Don De Lillo novel. I think it’s probably more fair to characterise the book as a thrilling satire than a satirical thriller, but there are definitely components of both.
Several eyebrows were raised when Cronenberg case Robert Pattinson in the lead role, but the director promises they’ll be raised even further when we see the incredible performance he’s turned in.
The first poster for the film has arrived online, and here it is, courtesy of IMPA:
UPDATE: Turns out that it’s a piece of fan art. The IMPA were suckered, and I just followed suit.
Check out the rest of that cast list: Paul Giamatti, Samantha Morton, Sarah Gadon, Matthieu Amalric, Juliette Binoche and Jay Baruchel. Aside from a little bit of “What’s a Sarah Gadon?” that’s an incredible roster.
Don De Lillo’s incredibly brief novel Point Omega is bookended with scenes set during an exhibition of 24 Hour Psycho, Douglas Gordon’s art installation that slows Hitchcock’s film down to a rate of two frames per second. Indeed, it was when De Lillo visited the installation a few times over, in fascination, that he hatched the idea for the novel.
And so it seems natural that if anybody is to make a film of Point Omega, it should be Douglas Gordon. According to The Observer, this will indeed be the case:
I hear the artist and film-maker Douglas Gordon is also making a film for the Olympics. He’s been scouting locations on the Scottish border… after that he’s beginning work on a feature film adaptation of Don DeLillo’s Point Omega.
Danny Boyle is no longer the most interesting film maker working on something for the summer’s games.
Gordon’s most conventional film to date was probably Zidane, a film that tracked the football player Zinedine Zidane in real time through the entire duration of a match – a remake, I suppose, of Hellmuth Costard’s Football As Never Before which applied the same format to George Best at the height of his powers in 1970.
Whatever shape he finds for Point Omega, I’m sure it will be well worth chewing over.
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