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This past Tuesday Variety reported that both Colin Farrell and Marion Cotillard are attached to star in David Cronenberg’s self-penned adaptation of Don DeLillo’s novel ‘Cosmopolis‘. The company who’s handling international sales rights is presenting the project to buyers during the Cannes Film Festival. David Cronenberg himself first mentioned the project last summer. Here’s the IMDb listing.

The $20.5 million film is penned by Cronenberg and produced by Portuguese producer Paulo Branco’s Alfama Films and Cronenberg’s Toronto-based Antenna, in association with Kinology.

The thriller follows a multimillionaire on a 24-hour odyssey across Manhattan. Farrell will play the asset manager who loses all his wealth over the course of one day. Cotillard will play his wife.

Lensing will take place from March to May [2011] in Toronto and New York.

And here some further information about the movie from Alfama Films:

Undoubtedly one of the main figures of American literature, Don DeLillo signs with Cosmopolis a visual and frenetic piece of work, in a single unit of space and time – 24 hours in New York.

Eric, a 28 year old Golden Boy, turned his life into a violent and obsessive microcosm of today’s world, above which a looming shadow leads to the worship of “matter” above all things.

For David Cronenberg, visionary filmmaker of the collapse of the world, the adaptation of this novel, halfway between reality and the virtual dimension, where the hero hides in a maze of, somehow, senseless images, appears as a promise of enlightenment for each viewer.

On a sidenote, Marion Cotillard was already once attached to a project starring Colin Farrell while finances were being secured at the Cannes Film Market. In the end ‘Ondine‘ happened without her. Also Colin may not pronounce Marion’s surname correctly (as heard at an awards event earlier this year) but he attended the Pre-Golden Globe dinner in her honour back in January 2008.

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