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How Would You Like to Lose the Love of Your Life to Nothingness?

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | June 17, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | June 17, 2010 |

A History of Violence and Eastern Promises director, David Cronenberg, is attached to direct As She Climbed Across the Table, according to The Hollywood Cog. The film is based on a 1997 Jonathan Lethem novel. It’s about a man named Philip, who is in love with Alice. However, as the novel opens, Philip is about to lose Alice, not to another man, but to literally nothing. Alice — a physicist — has created a hole, a doorway to nothingness, a vacuum, inside the laboratory where she and Philip work. The nothingness is referred to as “The Lack,” and Alice becomes obsessed with The Lack in the same way that Philip is obsessed with Alice.

They’re going with something in the vein of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. The film is being produced by Steve Zallian (screenwriter, Schindler’s List, Moneyball) under his Film Rites production company.

Sounds very … Cronenberg. It’s certainly an intriguing premise, and while I can’t speak for that novel, Lethem’s others, specifically A Fortress of Solitude and Motherless Brooklyn, have seriously impressed me. And I wouldn’t be surprised if we eventually saw Cronenberg’s muse, Viggo Mortensen, cast as Philip. Maybe Viggo could get in a naked fight with the doorway to nothingness.


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