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Robert Pattinson's In The Back Seat In New Promo Banner For David Cronenberg's Don DeLillo Adaptation 'Cosmopolis'

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by Oliver Lyttelton
December 19, 2011 10:00 AM
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Plus Filmmaker/Artist Douglas Gordon Working On Adaptation Of DeLillo's 'Point Omega'

How do you create enormous internet buzz around a difficult literary adaptation, from a maverick filmmaker best known for his controversial, taboo-pushing work? Well, that's simple; you cast Robert Pattinson, hearthrob for pre-teens and housewives alike, and star of the gigantic "Twilight" franchise. When Colin Farrell bailed on director David Cronenberg's adaptation of Don DeLillo's "Cosmopolis," Cronenberg went to Pattinson to play the lead, a billionaire stuck in his limo on his way to a haircut as the president visits New York, a riot breaks out, and an assassin closes in on him.

As a result, there's been quite a bit of buzz on the project, not just from Cronenberg fans but also among Pattinson's Twi-hard following, and it's not surprising that the first bit of promo art, which Bleeding Cool obtained from Cosmopolis Film, focuses on Pattinson, suited and booted, in the back of the limo where he'll spend most of the running time.

We're pretty sure that this is just art for sales purposes at this point; the film doesn't yet have a U.S. distributor, and likely won't land one till next year, so this may not be what you see gracing the side of buses come the films' release next fall. But it's a decent first banner, and Pattinson certainly looks the part; whether he can win over those skeptical of his casting remains to be seen. "Cosmopolis," which also stars Paul Giamatti, Samantha Morton, Sarah Gadon, Mathieu Amalric, Juliette Binoche and Jay Baruchel, should land sometime in 2012.

In further DeLillo-related news, Bleeding Cool also dug a piece from The Observer which suggested that "Cosmopolis" won't be the only adaptation of the writers work we'll see in the near future. The paper's Jason Solomons reveals that video artist Douglas Gordon, perhaps best known for his 2006 documentary/artwork "Zidane, un portrait du 21e siècle," is currently working on an adaptation of the author's 2010 novel "Point Omega."

Gordon's a particularly fitting, and meta, choice, as the book in part revolves around a man watching the artist's famous 1993 piece "24 Hour Psycho," which slowed down Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece so it ran for a full 24 hours. The book structured like a haiku, combines that with a meeting between a scholar who termed the word rendition and a filmmaker, along with the scholar's daughter, and we think we're fair in saying that it's a much, much less commercial proposition than "Cosmopolis" will be. But the idea of Gordon moving into fiction work is certainly intriguing; the director will move onto the project after he joins Mike Leigh and Lynne Ramsay, among others, in making a film to tie into the 2012 London Olympics, which will shoot soon. Hopefully, more news on this one will emerge soon.

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9 Comments

  • JAMESP | December 21, 2011 6:23 PMReply

    The first poster above, NIKKI is right: "Robert Pattinson's worldwide fanbase is much bigger than only the Twi fans. Most of them have already read Cosmopolis and are eagerly waiting how David Cronenberg is going to adapt it on screen."

    Two fans sites set up early this year dedicated to the film (one site referenced above)-- shows she's right. A second blog site, cosmopolis-film.com has a four part series on DeLillo, entitled "What's the Deal with DeLillo," with more to come on the backgrounds of the author, the director and the cast. Literature and film lovers alike are excited at the prospect of Cronenberg and Pattinson interpreting DeLillo's prose for the screen. Cronenberg knows how to cast for his films. Pattinson's swiftly moving beyond Twilight.

  • nikki | December 19, 2011 2:59 PMReply

    Robert Pattinson's worldwide fanbase is much bigger than only the Twi fans. Most of them have already read Cosmopolis and are eagerly waiting how David Cronenberg is going to adapt it on screen.
    Wether you like Rob or not, it is a fact that he's very well cast as Eric Packer and he will do this character justice. Many of his 'haters' will continue to say his acting sucks even when David or Paul G. praise his acting shops (among many other directors and co-workers) . It will take some time before these narrow-minded spirits are willing to separate him from the Twilight phenomenom and take him for the actor he is, not for the vampire he brought to life. Last thing: if Rob, with the material he got to work with, could make the iconic Edward Cullen the most beloved movie character since Jack Dawson in Titanic, he'll surely be able to show Eric Packer convincingly in the different stages of his downfall.

  • Ola | December 19, 2011 12:54 PMReply

    Wonder,if Cronenberg cast Bale would you analizing his fanbase?For instance:super hero for men with boyish mentality or fat male teens dreaming to be a ''flying'' hero?

  • Bach | December 19, 2011 3:08 PM

    True that. I'm sick of these snobbish blogs writing off female audiences in such a disparaging way. We have enough of these mindless "fanboy" hero fetishes being accepted as "normal", yet the Twilight series is automatically looked down upon just because females who like to follow the love story between a human girl and a vampire flock to these movies. This is no different to fanboys going in droves to see these mindless Transformer movies or the Fast and Furious series, and yet you don't see the same level of snark these blogs/critics heap on The Twilight saga or their actors. It's totally undeserved, especially when these actors' other efforts are undermined because of their bias.

  • ree | December 19, 2011 12:34 PMReply

    Hmm I don't have an opinion about Pattinson either way but to say he was cast simply to "create enormous internet buzz around a difficult literary adaptation" is really uncalled for. Maybe Cronenberg thought he had some talent. Crazy idea, I know.

  • Lynn | December 19, 2011 2:54 PM

    Yeah, I agree. It's not only uncalled for, but after Cronenberg has said on record on several occasions that he watched all of Rob's films including Remember Me and Little Ashes and was impressed with his work in these films that's why he decided to offer him the role, the tone of this article is disrespectful, not only to Pattinson but to Cronenberg as well. But what can you expect from The Playlist? To refer to pre-teens and housewives, as if they're somehow inferior as movie audiences as these so-called fanboys, is beyond lame.

  • Mandy | December 19, 2011 11:15 AMReply

    Who is "Wilson"?? The last paragraph is largely unintelligible--use an editor!

  • stoizoid | December 19, 2011 10:24 AMReply

    looks cool

  • Suziekew | December 19, 2011 10:16 AMReply

    Release date according to David Cronenberg (mentioned at the Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival recently) is 12.12.12.

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