Cronenberg tackles Freud and Jung
David Cronenberg looks set to put The Matarese Circle and Cosmopolis to the side in order to work on a new project called The Talking Cure, an adaptation of the play and novel by Christopher Hampton, the man who wrote Dangerous Liaisons, The Quiet American, Atonement, Chéri, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell and the new East of Eden.
That's a fair list of talent, and for Cronenberg directing this interesting tale it gets even better, but before I tell you the plot, let me tease you with the cast intended for the film – Keira Knightley, Christoph Waltz and Michael Fassbender. Oh yes, it does sound good, now listen to the story.
The play and novel (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com) are described as an “intimate picture of the birth of psychoanalysis”. During a turbulent time in history, Carl Jung uses Sigmund Freud's so-called “talking cure” on a young Russian woman with whom he's fallen in love, she's brilliant but also incredibly troubled (hysterical or mad even depending on the blurb you read), and is hugely impressed with the results.
Due to the results that Jung finds, Freud publicly announces him as his successor, however then Jung begins to develop his own theories, moving out of the shadow of Freud, and Jung ends the relationship, the two men going their separate ways in life and in psychoanalysis.
According to the story from Hopscotch films through The Playlist, Keira Knightley will play Sabina, the woman whom Jung uses the talking cure upon. It's not clear which actor will play which historical figure, although either way the addition of Christoph Waltz and Michael Fassbender makes for a superb line-up don't you think?