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David Cronenberg set to begin filming on first new film in a decade

The acclaimed director and actor, David Cronenberg, is set to begin filming on a brand new film, his first since 2012’s Cosmopolis. Naturally, the film is, at the moment, shrouded in mystery, but one detail that does shed some light is the title — Crimes of the Future.

If you’re a keen fan of the director, you’ll note that the new project shares the same title as his second film, which was released in 1970. Set in the then-distant future of 1997, the film focused on a dystopian world in which sexually mature women have been exterminated. Now, it seems Cronenberg is ready to revisit the project or at least its title.

The first hint of a new project came when Viggo Mortensen alluded to his role in an upcoming Cronenberg flick and now it seems his comments have aligned: “It’s something he wrote a long time ago,” the actor told GQ, “and he never got it made.”

“Now he’s refined it,” he continued, “and he wants to shoot it. Hopefully, it’ll be this summer we’ll be filming. I would say, without giving the story away, he’s going maybe a little bit back to his origins.”

When pushed for whether those “origins” were in reference to his gore-tastic style of old, Mortensen replied: “Yeah, it’s very interesting. It’s almost like a strange film noir story. It’s disturbing and it’s good, I think. But since his origins, he’s obviously developed in terms of technique and self-assurance as a director,” the actor added.

Shooting for the film is set to take place in Greece and will commence in early August with a view to wrapping in September. With Mortensen’s comments in mind, it is unclear whether Cronenberg will focus on a complete remake of the original feature or use it as a springboard for a brand new story.

If you have a spare 63 minutes then sit back and watch Cronenberg’s 1970 original, Crimes of the Future below.

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