David Cronenberg- the influential writer/director behind such classic films as Scanners, Videodrome, The Fly, and Naked Lunch– is the recipient of this year’s lifetime achievement award at the Venice Film Festival. Variety reports that Cronenberg alluded to an upcoming “long-form personal TV project” he’s working on during a panel at the festival about the future of cinema, but he refused to offer any specific on the source material for the series or the network he’s working with. He simply said he, “can’t talk about it yet.” Oddly enough, we reported back in late July that Deadline announced that the source material would be Cronenberg’s 2014 novel, Consumed, and the network he’s working with would be AMC. Why Cronenberg would be so tight-lipped about these details more than a month later makes the whole story more mysterious than, well, the plot of a David Cronenberg movie! Is the television project he alluded to at Venice Film Festival the Consumed project at AMC? Or are we about to be treated to two David Cronenberg television projects? Only time will tell!
Dave Erickson (Fear the Walking Dead, Sons of Anarchy) will team “…with Lucifer executive producer Sheri Elwood to develop the novel as an hourlong drama series for AMC, where Erickson is under an overall deal. Erickson and Elwood will executive produce with Cronenberg, who also may direct. Cronenberg’s longtime collaborator Robert Lantos of Serendipity Point, which produced Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises, will also executive produce.” read more