Whatever Happened to David Cronenberg’s The Matarese Circle?

The Matarese Circle Novel CoverAs it turns out, it’s dead. D-E-D. Dead.

Way, way, WAY back in the golden ages of 2008, it was announced that funky indie director David Cronenberg was going to try his hand at an honest to goodness Hollywood studio action movie called “The Matarese Circle”, based on the novel of the same name by Robert Ludlum (he of the “Bourne Identity” fame), and starring powerhouses Tom Cruise and Denzel Washington.

Well, that was 2008, and in 2011, Cronenberg confirms to Showbiz411 that the movie is kaput.

I was working on “The Matarese Circle,” the novel by Robert Ludlum, which was going to star Denzel Washington and Tom Cruise, before MGM went belly up. So I don’t think that’s going to happen now. Tom still likes the idea though.

The film, if it had happen (and still might, if Cruise continues pursuing it, though with the Jack Reacher films starting up, that seems like a longshot now), would have starred Cruise and Washington as former Cold War rivals (a CIA and a KGB agent) who must team up to stop a more dangerous threat.

“The Matarese Circle” was one of many, MANY Ludlum novels being optioned in the aftermath of the gazillion dollar making “Bourne” films. It’s no surprise that this one didn’t go through — yet. If “The Bourne Legacy” proves successful, expect new movement on “Matarase”.

Meanwhile, Cronenberg is making the rounds promoting his latest, “A Dangerous Method” starring Michael Fassbender, Viggo Mortensen, and Keira Knightley.