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As you may remember, it was announced in 2017 that David Cronenbergthe novel consumes became a series at AMC, but alas, this project never saw the light of day. Turns out Cronenberg consumes later found its way to Netflix as a potential series for the streaming service, but that project also fell through.
Talk with Variety this week, Cronenberg details what happened with Netflix consumes series, while teasing that the project is now taking the form of a non-Netflix movie.
“I tried and we got to two episodes, then [Netflix] decided not tosays Cronenberg. “And I was disappointed because I was interested in streaming in cinematic terms. I thought it would be a very interesting experience for me as a writer, as a creator, and then also as a director. And maybe -maybe I will have this experience one day…”
Cronenberg continues:So the project I was talking about at Netflix will be more of a feature film. I don’t have a script for it yet but I will write it.”
Speaking about Netflix in an earlier part of the Variety interview, Cronenberg notes, “I think my feeling is that I was really, really interested in the whole Netflix streaming phenomenon, definitely. But I think they are still very conservative. I mean, I think they’re still like a Hollywood studio. I thought maybe they would be different.
“The difference is that Netflix can show very interesting streaming series from Korea, from Finland, and they say it’s a Netflix original, but it’s not really – it’s something they acquired But I think when it comes to their actual production that they do themselves, they’re very conservative. I think they think in everyday termsthat’s my experience with them anyway.”
Cronenberg’s first novel consumes was published in 2015. In the novel, “Stylish and camera-obsessed, Naomi and Nathan thrive on the yellow journalism of the social media era. Naomi finds herself drawn to the headlines around a famous couple, Célestine and Aristide, Marxist philosophers and sexual libertines. Célestine was found dead and Aristide disappeared. The police suspect him of killing her and consuming parts of her body. Still, Naomi sets out to find him, and as she delves deeper into the couple’s lives, she discovers that the reporting can only scratch the surface of the disturbing acts they have committed together. Journalist Nathan, meanwhile, is in Budapest to photograph the controversial work of an unlicensed surgeon named Zoltán Molnár, once wanted by Interpol for organ trafficking. After sleeping with one of Molnár’s patients, Nathan contracts a rare STD called Roiphe and travels to Toronto, determined to meet the man who discovered the syndrome. Dr. Barry Roiphe, Nathan learns, is now studying his own adult daughter, whose bizarre behavior masks a devastating secret.
David Cronenberg’s next is of course Future Crimes, which NEON will release in June. Subsequently, his follow-up film will be The Shroudsannounced last week.