David Cronenberg Directing The Matarese Circle


David Cronenberg is in negotiations to direct political thriller The Matarese Circle for MGM, reports Variety.

Denzel Washington is attached to star in the film, which is based on a Robert Ludlum novel.

Set against the backdrop of the Cold War, the book revolves around two men — one American, one Soviet — who must cooperate in order to foil a sinister plot to topple the world’s governments.

Writing partners Michael Brandt and Derek Haas (3:10 to Yuma) wrote the adaptation.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing alongside Nick Wechsler and Jeffrey Weiner.

MGM is eyeing a spring start date.