Cronenberg’s Back in a Major Way with ‘Painkillers’

He’s finally back with his own material! David Cronenberg, who is in Cannes with his In Competition film A History of Violence, will next direct Painkillers, a futuristic thriller that reteams him with producer Robert Lantos, who is repped at the festival by Atom Egoyan’s “Where the Truth Lies,” ccording to the Hollywood Reporter. The producer and director on Friday confirmed the project, which has been in development for several years. Based on Cronenberg’s first original screenplay in eight years, “Painkillers” is budgeted at $35 million and is being readied for release in late 2006.

Source: Hollywood Reporter