Ahead of an expected fall fest circuit run for David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method, Sony Pictures Classics has acquired US rights from UK foreign sales company Hanway Films. Produced by Jeremy Thomas (The Last Emperor), the film, which is in post-production, stars Viggo Mortenson as Sigmund Freud and Keira Knightley as the unbalanced patient of Freud’s protege, ambitious young psychiatrist Karl Jung (Michael Fassbender). Vincent Cassel co-stars as another patient who pushes the rival shrinks apart.
SPC also released Cronenberg’s Spider and Thomas’s Brother (Takeshi Kitano), Don’t Come Knocking (Wim Wenders) and Young Adam (David Mackenzie). More details are below.
Cronenberg is working again with director of photography Peter Suschitsky, costume designer Denise Cronenberg, editor Ronald Sanders (A History of Violence and Eastern Promises), and production designer James McAteer (A History of Violence) as well as composer Howard Shore (The Lord of the Rings trilogy). Christopher Hampton (Atonement) adapted his own play.
“David Cronenberg and Jeremy Thomas have made a film that not only has an impeccable cast and crew working at the height of their talents, but tells one of the most fascinating love triangles of the twentieth century. The American public will enthusiastically embrace this picture.”