David Cronenberg talks Maps To The Stars (“I can’t wait to screen it in Hollywood”) + fall release expected

David Cronenberg was honored at the Provincetown Film Festival and discussed Maps To The Stars during his Q&A with John Waters. The article from THR is a great retrospect on David’s work and his insight but here are the excerpts about Maps To The Stars. The article also says we can expect the film later this year.

David Cronenberg, Debra Winger and John Waters at the Provincetown Film Festival

Excerpts from The Hollywood Reporter:

The Filmmaker on the Edge honoree swapped stories with fellow indie iconoclast John Waters in a lively Q&A at the 16th Provincetown Film Festival.

PROVINCETOWN — David Cronenberg’s ambivalence toward Hollywood is on full display in his latest feature, Maps to the Stars, a satire of celebrity obsession and entertainment-industry incestuousness that premiered this year in competition at the Cannes Film Festival, winning a best actress award for Julianne Moore’s fearless turn as a strung-out screen diva.

“There were a couple of Hollywood producers, and one of them said, ‘I could not do this movie, because I could not do that to this business that has been so good to me,’ “ said Cronenberg, while being honored with the Filmmaker on the Edge Award at the 16th annual Provincetown Film Festival.

“But I actually had the head of a studio come over to me in Cannes, hug me and say, ‘Your movie scared the shit out of me. I had nightmares about it all night. And then the next day I went to a party at the Hotel du Cap, and all I could see was scenes from your movie.’ So I thought that was a positive reaction.”

“I really love CGI in the sense that it’s another tool,” he said. “When I made Naked Lunch, there was no such thing as computer generated graphics. Even in Maps to the Stars, which is relatively naturalistic, there’s a lot of CG that’s wonderful. It was set in Hollywood, but it was mostly shot in Toronto. We just shot five days in Hollywood. And yet I could put the Hollywood Hills in the background easily because of computer graphics. That’s a fantastic tool for a director, and that’s why I love digital. But because it’s exciting, it does get overused, of course.”

Maps to the Stars, which eOne will release in the U.S. later this year, was relatively expensive by Cronenberg’s earlier standards, costing $13 million. Returning to that film, Waters asked, “So is Hollywood going to forgive you for this one?”

“I can’t wait to screen it in Hollywood,” Cronenberg replied. “Obviously, Hollywood owes me absolutely nothing. But I don’t owe Hollywood anything either.”

“There is a strange use of an award in Maps to the Stars,” said Cronenberg when accepting the Filmmaker on the Edge trophy and feeling its weight. Let’s just say the scene involved does not involve it sitting on a mantel. “I urge you to go see the movie, and you’ll understand.”

Click HERE to read the article in its entirety. It touches on much of David’s work.