Cronenberg said that "Cosmopolis" came to him from Portuguese producer Paul Blanco, who had the idea for adapting the Don DeLillo novel of the same name. Cronenberg wrote the script quickly, with a single goal in mind: retaining DeLillo's distinctive prose. "Don's dialogue in all his books is fantastic – very stylized, like Harold Pinter," Cronenberg explained. "Pinter is a playwright and you hear his dialogue spoken, just like David Mamet. But I had never heard DeLillo's dialogue spoken so I thought, 'Okay, I really want some fabulous actors saying these lines. I want to see what happens with that.'"
"I suddenly realized I had no idea how to do it at all," Pattinson said, seeming slightly embarrassed about the whole episode. "I knew it was really good but I was terrified of even calling. Actors are always trained to bullshit, even if you hate something. And I had nothing to say, at all. Because David did the script he obviously knows what it's about. As soon as I said, 'I don't know what it's about,' he said, 'Me neither.'" And while that was reassuring to the actor, it wasn't the end. "Then I spent a week trying to figure out how to get out of it, where I got to the point where I was going to have to call up and say, 'I'm too scared because I don't think I'm a good enough actor and I'm a pussy.' I didn’t want to have that conversation."
"Cosmopolis" marks a significant departure for Cronenberg, and not only because it's his first film with Pattinson. It's the first movie he's shot digitally, which actually adds another dimension to the chilly artifice and technologically obsessed tone. For Cronenberg, it was a long time coming. "I was always done with film," he said matter-of-factly. "Film has been dead for years, it just didn't know it. Talk about zombies." The director went on to make a blanket statement about the entire industry, which made us wonder why he wasn't interviewed for the recent digital-versus-film documentary "Side By Side." "It's over for film, and it has been for many years," Cronenberg said. "It's 100 years of film and it's hard to give up because there's an infrastructure and all that and the projectors, but projectors are becoming totally digital around the world and it's been slow because it's a very expensive turnover. There's no reason to shoot film anymore. Film is not as good as digital."
Whatever Cronenberg ends up shooting next, he would like Pattinson to come along for the ride. "We had a great time and we just know we could do something really cool together," Cronenberg said, noting that the long-gestating Bruce Wagner project "Map to the Stars" "could be" one of those projects. "We just don't know what it is. So if you've got any ideas, please let us know."
"Cosmopolis" is now in theaters.