Canadian giant Entertainment One will team with Martin Katz’s Prospero Pictures to back David Cronenberg’s upcoming ensemble thriller Maps To The Stars. Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Robert Pattinson and Sarah Gadon are to star in the ghost story that’s described as a scathing attack on celebrity-obsessed LA. The script is by Wild Palms‘ Bruce Wagner.
EOne will also handle worldwide sales, which it plans to launch in Cannes next month, and distribute in the U.S., Canada, the UK and Australia/NZ. Production starts in July in Toronto and LA. This is Cronenberg and Katz’s fourth collaboration. Katz and SBS Films’ Saïd Ben Saïd are producing. Sentient Entertainment’s Renee Tab, Cronenberg’s manager, will exec produce. EOne’s Benedict Carver is also exec producing and will oversee for the studio. Integral Films’ Alfred Hurmer is co-producing.
“”We’re thrilled to secure worldwide sales rights for Maps to the Stars and add it to the lineup in four of our core territories,” said Patrice Théroux. “David is a visionary who continues to attract top talent with his unique style and the masterful quality of his filmmaking. With this all-star cast ‘Maps to the Stars’ is a very exciting international project and we’re looking forward to introducing the project in Cannes.””
Julianne Moore, John Cusack and Sarah Gadon are all now joining the picture, which seems to be moving full steam ahead. Plot details on the movie, penned by Bruce Wagner, have been scarce, except that it will be a trenchant look at Hollywood and celebrity culture. But Deadline adds that it’s also a “ghost story,” which certainly raises an intrigued eyebrow. The cast is top shelf (though it seems Viggo Mortensen is no longer taking a role, or at least isn’t mentioned), with Moore and Cusack working with Cronenberg for the first time. Meanwhile, it will be Gadon’s third round with the Cronenberg brood, featuring in “Cosmopolis” and “A Dangerous Method” and Cronenberg Jr.’s “Antiviral.”
The movie will be available to buyers next at Cannes and will start shooting in July. eOne will distribute the film in the U.S., Canada, UK and Australia/New Zealand.
There are some directors who seem to be able to summon great casts with a simple snap of their fingers and the great David Cronenberg is one of them. His latest film, ‘Maps to the Stars,’ has not only secured financing, but a cast that includes Robert Pattinson, John Cusack and Julianne Moore.
The news comes via Deadline, who say the film is a “…ghost story that’s described as a scathing attack on celebrity-obsessed LA.” Although Cronenberg made his name with nasty little genre movies like ‘Scanners’ and ‘The Fly,’ he’s spent the better part of a decade straying away from horror and making movies like ‘A History of Violence’ and ‘Eastern Promises,’ so the thought of him making a ghost story is intriguing and exciting. The fact that it apparently has satiric elements as well only makes the film (which was written by Bruce Wagner) all the more interesting.
As for the cast, Pattinson was the lead in Cronenberg’s last film, the incredibly divisive ‘Cosmopolis,’ so it looks like the two of them may have a Scorsese/DiCaprio thing going on right now. And, of course, it’s hard to go wrong with actors as consistently strong as Cusack and Moore. We don’t know who any of them are playing, but you’ll be the first to know when we find out.