Cronenberg to enter DeLillo's Cosmopolis

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The History of Violence and Eastern Promises director is to write and direct an adaptation of Don DeLillo's 2003 Manhattan-set novel Cosmopolis
David Cronenberg at the 2008 Rome international film festival
Manhattan transfer … David Cronenberg. Photograph: Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images
Manhattan transfer … David Cronenberg. Photograph: Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images
Mon 27 Jul 2009 07.20 EDT

David Cronenberg's next film looks set to be an adaptation of the Don DeLillo novel Cosmopolis, about a multibillionaire fund manager who spends a long day trying to get across Manhattan in a swanky stretch limo and ends up losing everything.

Variety reports that Cronenberg will write and direct the film, which looks set to follow a Josh Hartnett-starring adaptation of DeLillo's early sports novel End Zone into the multiplexes. DeLillo, regularly positioned alongside John Updike, Philip Roth and Thomas Pynchon in the roll call of the finest contemporary US writers, has previously also seen his books Libra and Underworld optioned by Hollywood, but neither has made it past the development stage.

Cosmopolis is one of DeLillo's worst-received novels, attracting highly mixed reviews upon its publication in 2003. It follows 28-year-old Eric Packer as he winds his way across the Big Apple for a haircut, his journey obstructed by various traffic jams caused by a presidential visit to the city, a funeral procession for a Sufi rap star and a full-fledged riot.

Cronenberg, 66, has recently enjoyed a purple patch after moving into more mainstream fare from the body horror films with which he made his name. His thriller Eastern Promises was a critical hit in 2007, garnering an Oscar nomination for actor Viggo Mortensen, while his 2005 graphic novel adaptation A History of Violence also gained Oscar nods for William Hurt's supporting actor turn and Josh Olson's adapted screenplay.

Variety reports that Cosmopolis is set for a 2010 shoot in Toronto and New York. No casting details have yet emerged.