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Sony Pictures Classics Nabs Cronenberg's Dangerous Method

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood June 16, 2011 at 7:36AM

Ahead of an expected fall fest circuit run for David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method, Sony Pictures Classics has acquired US rights from UK foreign sales company Hanway Films. Produced by Jeremy Thomas (The Last Emperor), the film, which is in post-production, stars Viggo Mortenson as Sigmund Freud and Keira Knightley as the unbalanced patient of Freud's protege, ambitious young psychiatrist Karl Jung (Michael Fassbender). Vincent Cassel co-stars as another patient who pushes the rival shrinks apart.
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Ahead of an expected fall fest circuit run for David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method, Sony Pictures Classics has acquired US rights from UK foreign sales company Hanway Films. Produced by Jeremy Thomas (The Last Emperor), the film, which is in post-production, stars Viggo Mortenson as Sigmund Freud and Keira Knightley as the unbalanced patient of Freud's protege, ambitious young psychiatrist Karl Jung (Michael Fassbender). Vincent Cassel co-stars as another patient who pushes the rival shrinks apart.

SPC also released Cronenberg’s Spider and Thomas's Brother (Takeshi Kitano), Don't Come Knocking (Wim Wenders) and Young Adam (David Mackenzie). More details are below.

Cronenberg is working again with director of photography Peter Suschitsky, costume designer Denise Cronenberg, editor Ronald Sanders (A History of Violence and Eastern Promises), and production designer James McAteer (A History of Violence) as well as composer Howard Shore (The Lord of the Rings trilogy). Christopher Hampton (Atonement) adapted his own play.

States SPC:

“David Cronenberg and Jeremy Thomas have made a film that not only has an impeccable cast and crew working at the height of their talents, but tells one of the most fascinating love triangles of the twentieth century. The American public will enthusiastically embrace this picture."

This article is related to: Directors, Genres, Headliners, Studios, Stuck In Love, In Production, David Cronenberg, Period, Drama, Biopics, Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen, Sony/Screen Gems/Sony Pictures Classics, Screenwriters


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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.