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Cronenberg, Lavant and Huppert to Star in Luca Guadagnino's 'Body Art,' Based on DeLillo's Novel

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood January 29, 2013 at 1:12PM

David Cronenberg and "Cosmopolis" novel-writer Don DeLillo are pairing up with producer Paolo Branco for another film, "Body Art."
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David Cronenberg and "Cosmopolis" novel-writer Don DeLillo are pairing up with producer Paolo Branco for another film, "Body Art." The film is based on DeLillo's novel "The Body Artist" (synopsis below). "I Am Love"'s Luca Guadagnino adapted the script and will direct. Cronenberg will star with Isabelle Huppert and "Holy Motors" sensation Denis Lavant. Branco's French Alfama Films (who produced Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis") is producing and holds French rights; they'll begin shopping the foreign rights at the European Film Market.

From Barnes & Noble's synopsis: In The Body Artist, DeLillo tells the hallucinatory tale of performance artist Lauren Hartke in the days following the suicide of her husband, filmmaker Rey Robles. Finishing out their lease of a rented house on the coast, living in a self-imposed exile, Lauren discovers a mysterious man in the bedroom upstairs who is able to repeat -- verbatim -- entire conversations she had with her husband before his death but does not seem to know his own name or where he came from.

This article is related to: News, IN THE WORKS, David Cronenberg, Luca Guadagnino, Denis Lavant, Isabelle Huppert


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.