Nearly three long years ago, David Cronenberg had optioned Christopher Hampton's play The Talking Cure, and was preparing it as his next project. Late last year, he became attached to The Matarese Circle, the spy thriller that boasted Denzel Washington and Tom Cruise. While Cronenberg fans wondered if their favorite body horrormeister had gone soft on popcorn thrillers, Cruise dropped out, the project apparently died, and Cronenberg was left to reboot The Fly. But if The Playlist and Hopscotch Films' Facebook page are accurate, Cronenberg may be doubling back to the psychiatrist's couch for The Talking Cure.

Reportedly, Keira Knightley, Christoph Waltz and Michael Fassbender are attached to star in Cure. The play centers on a young Carl Jung, who uses Sigmund Freud's "talking cure" on a young and troubled Russian woman. In the process of psychoanalyzing her, he falls in love with her. Freud comes along, marvels at his success, and anoints him his psychiatric successor. When Jung starts to develop his own ideas about therapy, Freud isn't too happy, and their professional relationship sours.

Obviously, Knightley will be playing the troubled girl, Fassbender will undoubtedly be Jung, and Waltz will be Freud. Beyond that there's no start date for the project. Will it fall apart as easily as The Matarese Circle did? I hope not. For those who have been dismayed over Cronenberg going "mainstream," this could be a project that puts him back on the disquieting mental map.
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