David Cronenberg to direct DeLillo's Cosmopolis

Adaptation of DeLillo novel helmed by Canadian director
New York traffic. Getty Images.Canadian film director David Cronenberg to direct Don DeLillo's short novel, Cosmopolis:
David Cronenberg's next film looks set to be an adaptation of the Don DeLillo novel Cosmopolis, about a multibillionaire fund manager who spends a long day trying to get across Manhattan in a swanky stretch limo and ends up losing everything.

Variety reports that Cronenberg will write and direct the film, which looks set to follow a Josh Hartnett-starring adaptation of DeLillo's early sports novel End Zone into the multiplexes. DeLillo, regularly positioned alongside John Updike, Philip Roth and Thomas Pynchon in the roll call of the finest contemporary US writers, has previously also seen his books Libra and Underworld optioned by Hollywood, but neither has made it past the development stage.

Cosmopolis is ironically one of DeLillo's worst-received novels, attracting highly mixed reviews upon its publication in 2003. It follows 28-year-old Eric Packer as he winds his way across the Big Apple for a haircut, his journey obstructed by various traffic jams caused by a presidential visit to the city, a funeral procession for a Sufi rap star and a full-fledged riot.

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