Kristen Stewart, Léa Seydoux, and Viggo Mortensen have signed on to star in David Cronenberg‘s next film, a sci-fi project titled Crimes Of The Future. The film is being developed at Neon and Serendipity Point Films.
This is the first original sci-fi script by Cronenberg since 1999’s eXistenZ. It’s set in the not-too-distant future where humankind is learning to adapt to its new synthetic surroundings, with humans having evolved beyond their natural state and into a metamorphosis which has altered their biological makeup, dubbed “Accelerated Evolution Syndrome”.
While some embrace the limitless potential of trans-humanism, others attempt to police it. The film revolves around Saul Tenser, a beloved performance artist who has embraced AES, sprouting new and unexpected organs in his body. Alongside his partner Caprice, Tenser has turned the removal of these organs into a spectacle for his loyal followers to marvel at in real-time theatre.
But with both the government and a strange subculture taking note, Tenser is forced to consider what would be his most shocking performance of all.
This sounds about as Cronenbergian as any film the director has ever made. He’s actually made a film titled Crimes Of The Future before, one of his earliest films back in 1970. However, that was a low-budget film with a different plot, but this still might be one of the rare instances of a director making two different films with the same title.
The film reportedly been in the works for a while. “I have unfinished business with the future”, Cronenberg said in a statement.
Considering how the world has changed since his last original sci-fi film in 1999, it will be fascinating to see what Cronenberg has to say with Crimes Of The Future. Getting a cast this impressive – which will also be his fourth collaboration with Mortsensen – will only help. Production is expected to begin this summer in Greece.