It’s roundup time and it seems like everyone is buzzing about Maps To The Stars! Here are excerpts from media and film bloggers following the announcement of Julianne Moore, John Cusack, and Sarah Gadon joining David Cronenberg and Robert Pattinson.
It’s about damn time this picture gets ready to go….the auteur will be joined by one hell of a cast. This sounds like yet another superb satire from one of today’s great satirists, and it’s interesting to see Pattinson re-team with his Cosmopolis director for another film. I was a huge fan of that picture, and really think this could be the start of a really exciting friendship. Hopefully this one can arrive sooner rather than later.
Few directors have had such noticeable career arcs as mad genius David Cronenberg. His early career was filled with paranoid science fiction that thrived on mutilated humans, and that aesthetic was left behind and a more thoughtful approach to the stranger plateaus of the human condition took over his work during the 1990s. And in the last ten years, he’s given us a handful of stories drowning in gritty realism as well as an uncharacteristic novel adaptation and the birth of psychoanalysis.
So of course it makes sense that his next project would have one of the stranger plotlines around, but as per usual, he’s got a great cast already involved.
Described as “very acerbic and satirical” by Cronenberg himself, Maps to the Stars is a Bruce Wagner-scripted ghost story which revolves around actors and agents, with a specific focus on “two child actors ruined by Hollywood’s depravity.” Yeah, it sounds like something we’re very much looking forward to…
Bruce Wagner’s script for Hollywood-set thriller Maps to the Stars was reportedly so weird, acerbic and risky that no one would dare touch it – that is, no one but the Canadian king of all things weird….Pattinson has been attached to the project almost since its conception and, as was the case with Cronenberg’s 2012 thriller Cosmopolis, it’s largely thanks to the involvement of the highly bankable star that Maps to the Stars has received funding and is heading into production.
A-list cast lines up…Those of you who have been hoping for David Cronenberg to direct a true horror film again might just be getting your wish – so long as you don’t mind a bit of social commentary added to the mix.
If there’s any filmmaker that Hollywood should fear the most, it’s probably David Cronenberg.
And let the fear begin, as the master of body horror, scathing satire and all-around awesome weirdness has his sights on Tinseltown in “Map to the Stars,” a deconstructionist look at celebrity-obsessed Los Angeles and what it reveals about Western culture. If it’s anything like “Scanners,” Cronenberg’s attack on big business and the media that empowers it in which, uh, people’s heads explode, it’s not going to be pretty.
For some directors, the more absurd the log line, the better the movie.
…It’s also a “ghost story,” which certainly raises an intrigued eyebrow. The cast is top shelf…
“Cosmopolis” director David Cronenberg may have found his new muses. The auteur has just enlisted Robert Pattinson and his “Cosmopolis” co-star Sarah Gadon for his next project, “Maps to the Stars.”
It’s surprising that Moore and Cronenberg have never worked together before now; they seem like a fairly natural fit.
…Highly lauded trio of actors…
From a provocative original screenplay by noted Los Angeles author and screenwriter Bruce Wagner (Wild Palms), Maps to the Stars is both a haunting ghost story and a scathing attack on the celebrity-obsessed society of L.A.