April 24th, 2013 / 7 Comments

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Nothing really new here, but we cannot get enough of any Maps To The Stars snippet so had to share this article from Screen Rant:

Bruce Wagner’s script for Hollywood-set thriller Maps to the Stars was reportedly so weird, acerbic and risky that no one would dare touch it – that is, no one but the Canadian king of all things weird, David Cronenberg, who has been trying to get the film made for over a year. The details of the plot are being kept under wraps, but it’s been called a “ghost story” of sorts, centered on the lives of two former child stars living in L.A.

The other reason that L.A.-based studios have been wary of funding the film is that it’s reportedly a scathing attack on celebrity culture and Hollywood society in particular, possibly comparable to Brett Easton Ellis’ novel 1998 Glamorama. However, despite the difficulties, Cronenberg’s new project has been green-lit and is set to star Robert Pattinson in the lead role, along with Julianne Moore, John Cusack and Sarah Gadon. Filming will begin in Toronto and Los Angeles in July of this year.

Pattinson has been attached to the project almost since its conception and, as was the case with Cronenberg’s 2012 thriller Cosmopolis, it’s largely thanks to the involvement of the highly bankable star that Maps to the Stars has received funding and is heading into production. The film is being co-financed by Entertainment One Films, who are also in charge of worldwide sales and distribution, and Martin Katz’s production company Prospero Pictures, who also worked with Cronenberg on Cosmopolis and A Dangerous Method.

Noticeably absent from this cast list is Viggo Mortensen, who was attached to Maps to the Stars for almost as long as Pattinson was. It’s likely that the project’s spell in development limbo meant that Mortensen ended up with scheduling conflicts that prevented him from staying committed, as the actor has since signed on to produce and star in Argentinian director Lisandro Alonso’s new drama. Based on the cast names that have been revealed so far, John Cusack seems the most likely fit for the role that Mortensen has vacated (more so than Julianne Moore, anyway).

Though Cronenberg is something of a legend for his work on ’80s and ’90s horror classics like Scanners, The Fly and Videodrome, his most recent releases have received more mixed reviews, and Cosmopolis in particular felt shallow and poorly paced, failing to inspire confidence in the partnership of Cronenberg and Pattinson. We can only hope that, outside of a film where the central premise is a guy sitting in a limousine talking in monotone about economics for nearly two hours, the director and star have a little more to offer. (Michelle – obviously I could not disagree more with these statements.  Is a shame that some people failed to appreciate the brilliance that is Cosmopolis.  Completely their loss.  Rob & David together are brilliant & I cannot wait to see the next wonderful chapter of them working together)

There is, of course, an enormous amount of diversity among Cronenberg’s work, and between the reputation of the script and the strong director and cast that have been assembled, Maps to the Stars might be one of the most interesting films being shot this year.

So so very excited for this film.  Thanks to Roberta for sending this to us.

  • Maria
    Posted on April 24, 2013

    Well I’m happy that David clearly has decided to add Rob to his list of fave actors to work with. It’s a collaboration that works very nicely for me.

    Thanks Michelle and Roberta

  • Vertigo
    Posted on April 24, 2013

    Couldn’t agree with your more girls and I cannot wait to see what kind of action/magic Rob and David have up their sleeves. Bring it on!

  • Cindy
    Posted on April 24, 2013

    Shallow and poorly paced!.? O-O. Well i obviously didn’t watch the same.film as you folk at screen rant. Agree. girls Rob and David win win

  • Sue
    Posted on April 24, 2013

    Cosmopolis inspired PLENTY of confidence in the partnership between Cronenberg & Pattinson, thanks very much. Can’t wait for more.

  • Carmel
    Posted on April 24, 2013

    I am so excited about this project. And if the studios were scared of it, all the better!

    ‘ a guy sitting in a limousine talking in monotone about economics for nearly two hours’. What the hell is he talking about? Cosmopolis was a lot bigger than mere economics.

  • Trish
    Posted on April 24, 2013

    The film premise sounds very intriguing and nothing like I imagined it to be. I thought it sounded a bit science fiction, actually, what with the ‘stars’ reference. Awesome that Mr Cronenberg wants Rob for his leading man again. Man has taste and knows talent when he sees it. As for the ‘Cosmopolis’ knockers – missed out big time on one of this decade’s most intelligent movies. Idiots.

  • Jules
    Posted on April 25, 2013

    Thanks Michelle, interesting read and yes no need to knock Cosmopolis! I really can’t wait for Rob and David to work together again. Bring it. 🙂

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