David Cronenberg and Viggo Mortensen to Team Up For More Body Horror


David Cronenberg and Viggo Mortensen may be going back to Croenberg’s roots. Body horror roots, that is. The Canadian director is an icon and holds a spot in my all time top 3 directors of all time. His entry into horror was signature from the word go. His later body of work, although not a fixture in horror still remains haunting in its own way.

Both projects that Mortensen and Cronenbeg worked on together featured Eastern Promises and A History of Violence. Both were spectacular in their own ways and gave David a nice partner to add to his dollhouse of violence.

When speaking with GQ, Mortensen spoke about a film he directed titled Falling. In the film Mortensen was able to direct Cronenberg, who plays a Proctologist in the film. Well, it also turns out that during filming David spoke to Mortensen about a project that he has had around for a while that he would like to work with Mortensen on.

“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.” Mortensen told GQ.

So, it sounds like this will be a return to his home world of body horror. A place that fans have long awaited for David to return to.

“It’s something he wrote a long time ago, and he never got it made,” now he’s refined it, 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.” Mortensen said.

Something that Cronenberg has had around for a bit? Well, this could definitely be aimed at his book titled Consumed. A book that is the closest we have got to Cronenberg returning to his origins.

Consumed’s synopsis goes like this:

“In the book-filled, artfully messy Paris apartment of the famous French intellectuals Célestine and Aristide Arosteguy, an astonishing discovery is made. The grisly, butchered remains of Célestine are found–partially eaten–and her husband, sought by the police for questioning, has disappeared. Naomi Seberg, a young journalist, embarks upon a quest to uncover the truth of Célestine’s death and Aristide’s role in it, traveling to Tokyo to interview the suspected cannibal, while her boyfriend, Nathan Math, a medical journalist, seduces the cancer patient of a controversial Hungarian doctor, contracts a sexually transmitted disease, and traces the disease’s famous discoverer to Forest Hill Village in Toronto, where he encounters the most interesting journalistic subject of all. In energetic, inventive, and provocative prose, Cronenberg creates an extraordinary, sexually charged novel of dark impulses and appetites that reminds us that the boundaries of lover and beloved aren’t nearly as defined as we believe them to be.”

If you haven’t read Consumed and you are a Cronenberg fan do yourself a big favor and get on this. It’s a phenomenal book that fits in with his early body of work.

What do you guys think? Think that this body horror revisit could be to his book, Consumed? Or, do you think that Cronenberg has something else up his sleeve? Let us know in the comments section.

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February 2, 2021

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