Sony Pictures Classics Acquires David Cronenberg’s A DANGEROUS METHOD

     June 16, 2011


Director David Cronenberg’s latest flick, A Dangerous Method, has been picked up for distribution by Sony Pictures Classics. Based on Christopher Hampton’s 2002 play The Talking Cure, the film centers on the relationship between Carl Jung (played by Michael Fassbender), his mentor Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen), and Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley), the woman who came between them. The fantastic cast also includes Vincent Cassel. Images from the film were released late last year, giving us a preview of what’s sure to be one hell of a period film with Cronenberg at the helm. Hit the jump to read the full press release.

a_dangerous_method_movie_image_keira_knightley_michael_fassbender_01Here’s the full press release:


NEW YORK (June 16, 2011) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired the US Rights to David Cronenberg’s A DANGEROUS METHOD from UK based Hanway Films. The film, produced by Jeremy Thomas (THE LAST EMPEROR, SEXY BEAST), stars Viggo Mortenson, Keira Knightley, Michael Fassbender, and Vincent Cassel.  The film is currently in post-production.

Cronenberg once again gathered a prestigious crew to work on A DANGEROUS METHOD, director of photography Peter Suschitsky (A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE, EASTERN PROMISES), composer Howard Shore (THE LORD OF THE RINGS Trilogy, AVATAR),  editor Ronald Sanders (A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE, EASTERN PROMISES, CORALINE), costume designer Denise Cronenberg (A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE, EASTERN PROMISES, THE INCREDIBLE HULK) and production designer James McAteer (GOOD WILL HUNTING, A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE, THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMAN). The screenplay was adapted by Christopher Hampton (ATONEMENT, THE QUIET AMERICAN) from his own play.

Seduced by the challenge of an impossible case, the driven Dr. Jung (Michael Fassbender) takes the unbalanced yet beautiful Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley) as his patient in A DANGEROUS METHOD. Jung’s weapon is the method of his master, the renowned Sigmund Freud. Both men fall under Sabina’s spell.

“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.  We are delighted to be in business again with Jeremy and David,” states Sony Pictures Classics.

Producer Jeremy Thomas adds, “I’m very excited to be working again with my friends at Sony Pictures Classics on David’s wonderful film.”

Sony Pictures Classics released David Cronenberg’s SPIDER as well as several films produced by Jeremy Thomas (Takeshi Kitano’s BROTHER, Wim Wender’s DON’T COME KNOCKING, and David Mackenzie’s YOUNG ADAM).



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  • Marc

    I can’t wait to see this one. Mortensen and Cronenberg are one of the better director/actor pairings around today. I’ll take them over Crowe/Scott, Depp/Burton, or Washington/Scott any day. But Leo and Scorsese can make every movie for the rest of their lives together and I’ll be happy.

    Who have I forgotten? I know there’s more….

  • Salfie

    I know this probably doesn’t fall into your pairings, but I would include Murray/Anderson.

    I think this film looks very interesting and I’m always intrigued when Cronenberg goes the non-scifi/horror route. I feel like he’s always been a good director but the look of his films has really gotten better over the years, especially since “Spider”.

  • Nick

    FINALLY. And just when I thought it couldn’t get any better… Howard Shore. Holy crap yes.

  • Matt

    Shore has been working with him for 20+ years. Good combination.

  • Carson Dyle

    Probably my most anticipated film for the year apart from Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy.

  • Virginia Harris

    “Sigmund Freud’s Sexy Secret: The Price of Obsession” in the Kindle store reveals Sigmund’s amorous adventures with a ‘summer wife’ and intimate details of the love-lives of artist Gustav Klimt and composer Gustav Mahler. Thrilling and inspiring, this fast-paced, fact-based historical novel is the “Desperate Housewives” of Vienna’s sexiest, most passionate period. Enjoy!

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