Sony Classics picks up Cronenberg’s ‘Dangerous Method’

Posted by · 1:09 pm · June 16th, 2011

Anyone else ready for Michael Fassbender to have a big fat coming out party this year? The press release, in part:

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…

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.

[Photo: Sony Pictures Classics]

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  • 1 6-16-2011 at 1:16 pm

    Juan said...

    Oscars please. I have they campaign Viggo in the correct category, supporting.

  • 2 6-16-2011 at 1:17 pm

    Juan said...

    Oscars please. I hopethey campaign Viggo in the correct category, supporting

  • 3 6-16-2011 at 1:18 pm

    JJ1 said...

    “Anyone else ready for Michael Fassbender to have a big fat coming out party this year?”

    Yep. I think Fassbender is the real deal. And he feels like one of the most exciting actors (physically, presence, performance-wise, what’s his potential? etc.) to have surfaced in a long time.

  • 4 6-16-2011 at 1:25 pm

    James said...

    Drooling at the mouth by its premise, director, and cast. Yes, more Viggo, Cassel….and Fassbender? SWEET!

  • 5 6-16-2011 at 1:56 pm

    Brock Landers said...

    Saw the trailer for this. Looks good.

  • 6 6-16-2011 at 2:03 pm

    Mike_M said...

    Fassbender is def the real deal… was great in Jane Eyre and X-Men… can’t wait for Shame either.

  • 7 6-16-2011 at 2:24 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Fassbender in “X-Men” was totally overrated. He’s been very good elsewhere however.

  • 8 6-16-2011 at 2:28 pm

    Michael said...

    I. WANT. TO. SEE. THIS. NOW. All bow down to the Fassbender! Seriously, this is one of my most anticipated films to see all year. Does anyone know if this is going to come out during the Oscar film rush of December, or are they going to try to sneak it out sooner (I think October or early November would be a better time for a film like this imho.)

    Also, has there already been a trailer released for this? <- I just did a quick search and couldn't find anything but perhaps people in the know have already seen it….

  • 9 6-16-2011 at 2:57 pm

    Tisforthommy said...

    Michael Fassbender is the man! “Hunger” and “Fish Tank” showed how intense and intelligent he can be as an actor. “300”, Basterds and “X-Men” made him popular to the general audiences and this one will make him an Oscar nominee.

    I don’t know the play ADM is based on. So Fassbender is leading, Viggo supporting? I thought it was the other way around. Sony Classics will come in handy. So finally an Academy nomination for Cronenberg? That would be just too awesome.

  • 10 6-16-2011 at 3:22 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    I hope they campaign Viggo in the correct category, supporting.

    Have you seen the film to know what the “correct” category is, Juan?

    I know everyone’s already going nuts with Oscar predictions for this one — part of me wants to believe that it’s sufficiently Cronenbergian for them not to want to touch it. I’m ready for Cronenberg to go deep again.

  • 11 6-16-2011 at 3:27 pm

    Antonio A said...

    Very excited for the film; everyone seems to be more interested in Fassbender and Mortensen’s performances, but I think Keira Knightley will be the big surprise! I predict acting nominees for all three.

  • 12 6-16-2011 at 3:41 pm

    Casey Fiore said...

    Guy – Cronenberg said in an interview a few months ago that Carl Jung was, indeed, the lead.

  • 13 6-16-2011 at 5:18 pm

    SJG said...

    It’s weird to me that people are screaming “Michael Fassbender!” when obviously the correct thing to be screaming is “David CronenBEEEEEEERRRRRGG!!1!1”

    Cronenberg automatically makes me excited. I could care less about Fassbender. (Not that there’s anything I dislike about him.)

  • 14 6-16-2011 at 5:40 pm

    Xavi Rodriguez said...

    There’re some reviews for the screeners since Cannes in imdb. Many of them said the film is too diviside and stage-y for awards season. It has sadomasochism dinamic between Spielrein and Jung for conservative minds. The film will have a very polarized response a la M. Butterfly.

    Personally, I don’t like Keira Knightley as an actress -Even when I thought she was the best in 2005 Oscar lineup-, but I’m interesting about her performance in this film, especially after hearing she’s the standout of the three. Fassbender and Mortensen are also excellent. Cassel is good but his role is small.

    Possibilities for Oscar consideration:


    *Actor – Michael Fassbender: This is an excellent year for him (With Jane Eyre and X-Men)
    *Supporting Actor – Viggo Mortensen: Maybe even for winning?
    *Adapted Screenplay
    *Art Direction
    *Actress / Supporting Actress – Keira Knightley: She has an excellent studio for female prospects to the Oscar, but the biggest threat for her lead aspirations will be the other SPC potential actress: Jodie Foster – “Carnage”. If Foster thriumps since Venice and with the nature of her role (Also with an actors’ master like Polanski directed her) maybe SPC will send Knightley in the supporting category for give most categories. Or maybe take the risk and send both actresses in the leading category.


    *Original Score

    *Dark Horse:

    *Picture / Director: Like the reviews said, the film will have a very polarized response for the critics and audience. Also, Cronenberg isn’t exactly Oscarish even like Aronofski. He has Oscar veterans (Eastwood, Scorsese, Spielberg, Polanski), recognizable names (Clooney, Fincher, Soderbergh, Salles, Payne, Almodovar, Miller, Reitman, Schepisi) or newbies (Alfredson, Lloyd, Arnold, Curtis, Refn, Hazanavicius) as a prior contenders.

  • 15 6-16-2011 at 6:58 pm

    med said...

    Kiera is supporting…

  • 16 6-16-2011 at 7:02 pm

    Afrika said...

    Words can’t express the level of my excitememt for this film. Keira knighley seems to have the more nuance role and she is definitely going to steal the spotlight.

  • 17 6-16-2011 at 7:38 pm

    Matthew Starr said...

    It’s unfortunate that Haywire was pushed to Jan 2012 otherwise Fassbender could have had the most prolific year of anyone in some time. Although between this and Shame hopefully he gets some recognition at year’s end.

  • 18 6-16-2011 at 8:04 pm

    DylanS said...

    Casey: Just because Cronenberg said Jung is the lead doesn’t mean that’s how the Academy will place it. Though Fassbender is certainly on the rise, Mortensen is still a more critically acclaimed actor as well as the bigger star. Not to mention the fact that he is unquestionably playing the bigger historical figure. Those facts have to be factored in as well as screen time.

  • 19 6-16-2011 at 8:20 pm

    Xavi Rodriguez said...

    Another potential year for the female acting categories. The next list is for the biggest contenders

    Glenn Close: None
    Kirsten Dunst: Magnolia
    Jodie Foster: Sony Pictures Classic
    Anne Hathaway: Focus
    Keira Knightley: Sony Pictures Classic
    Rooney Mara: Sony
    Elizabeth Olsen: Fox Searchlight
    Meryl Streep: Weisntein Company
    Tilda Swinton: Oscilloscope
    Charlize Theron: Paramount
    Rachel Weisz: Samuel Goldwyn
    Mia Wasikowska: Focus Features
    Michelle Williams: Weisntein Company
    Michelle Williams: None -For Take this Waltz-
    Michelle Yeoh: None

    For the record, Weinstein Company (Dench, Huffman, Winslet & Williams) and SPC (Cruz, Hathaway, Leo, Mirren & Mulligan) have the best track record in last six years. Next for them, Fox Searchlight. Olsen has the great raves and the ingenue spot.

    The third place is for Focus Features (Moore, Winslet, Knightley & Bening and for the male category Brody, Murray, Ledger & Penn), so Wasikowska and especially Hathaway could have chances. Paramount and Sony are next in line, so Theron and Mara would be next.

    Magnolia, Osciloscope and especially Smauel Goldwing doesn’t have a good record. The formers have nominations (I Am Love for Magnolia and The Messenger for Osciloscope).

    Yeoh’s film will have the premiere in Venice and Polley’s could have the same route a la Away from her. I don’t know what to think about Albert Nobbs… Maybe it should release on TV or next year in cinemas.

    Finally Williams (For Marylin) and Knightley could be campaigned in supporting. Williams’ role, even when the film title is her character, most of the story is for action of Redmayne’s character. For Knightley, I said it before. Especially if her role is showy and standout, she have better chances for winning in the supporting category

  • 20 6-17-2011 at 4:13 am

    JFK said...

    XR: Good analysis, my list looks very similar with Mara, and Hathaway more towards the bottom of the list with Yeoh. I don’t have Theron listed at all based purely on the content.

  • 21 6-17-2011 at 5:07 am

    Dominik said...

    Oh wow, if it wasn´t for the fabulous Cronenberg, the cast alone would make me wet my pants out of excitement! And Cronenberg looks like the best director for me to direct a movie about psycho-analysis, respectively a psychic disease.
    Keira Knightleys role smells like oscar spirit (speculatively spoken)…

  • 22 6-17-2011 at 5:29 am

    Afrika said...

    Keira definitely has a shot at winning in the supporting category. The girl has a solid track record and if she gets a nomination, she will be the only actress in her age bracket to be a double nominee.

    The best actress race is already closed. Meryl Streep + biopic + British accent + overdue factor = Third Oscar.

  • 23 6-17-2011 at 6:20 am

    Tisforthommy said...

    Guy has a point. As awesome as it would be seeing everyone involved, and especially Cronenberg, get some Academy-love, I just hope it’s a great film and that Cronenberg doesn’t loose his edge.

    “Cosmopolis” sounds equally interesting, even though I sometimes find the absence of films like “The Brood” or “Videodrome” in today’s cinema rather disappointing.

  • 24 6-17-2011 at 6:43 am

    Sawyer said...

    Viggo for BSA. Given a look at the rest of the field, there is no reason this should not happen (unless he/the film stinks of course, which is not likely).

  • 25 6-17-2011 at 6:46 am

    Sawyer said...

    Afrika, two words: Phyllida Lloyd. This will either be Meryl’s 3rd win, or Meryl’s Elizabeth: The Golden Age defacto nom.

  • 26 6-17-2011 at 8:19 am

    tdr said...

    Vincent Cassel!!!! When will he be nominated for an Oscar? Very excited about this movie
    @ Afrika: Just for the sake of the argument
    Glen Close+good perf. and movie+ distribution for 2011= quite possibly first Oscar

  • 27 6-17-2011 at 8:47 am

    meep said...

    As a huge Cronenberg fan I am reveling in all the buzz this film is getting. I’m all over it, not only for this mighty director, but also for the screenwriter responsible for scripting Dangerous Liaisons. The three male lead actors are – without doubt – among the absolute best working today. So this cast is just icing on a very enticing cake. I’m going to remain hopeful that Knightley surprises me and disappears into her role.

  • 28 6-17-2011 at 10:23 am

    Xavi Rodriguez said...

    Sawyer – LOL again against Phyllida Lloyd. She only made ONE film for God sake!!!…

    Even the film wasn’t the worst of the year (I can think easily 20 worst fims that year before Mamma Mia!). Also the film got 58% in RT and 51% in Metacritic -Clearly not the worst film- I know, I sound like Lloyd fan, but I’m tired of that argument “She’s awful just for Mamma Mia!”…

    Lloyd made Mamma Mia! (A fun movie based on a mediocre play). So, is she worse than Tyler Perry or uwe Boll or many others awful directors? I mean, come on!!!

    Also, Sawyer, if you count Mamma Mia! work Why did you forget Lloyd Tony nomination for Mary Stuart? Also, Abi Morgan, a excellent playwriter made the screenplay.

  • 29 6-17-2011 at 10:44 am

    Xavi Rodriguez said...

    Afrika, I think the race will be between two names:

    Meryl Streep vs. Glenn Close (if the film will find a distributor soon).

    “she will be the only actress in her age bracket to be a double nominee.”

    Afrika, I think there’re another actresses with that track:

    -Joan Fontaine: Also consecutive
    -Kate Winslet: Three noms! (Just one year older than Wood)
    -Natalie Wood: At 25 she got three noms!
    -Angela Lansburry: two noms at 20.
    And others…

    Sawyer: sorry if I sound rude, but if we can judge the first known job of Oscar winners and nominees like Lloyd, that would be unfair:

    -Michelle Williams: In the first season of Dawson’s Creek she was awful -You can see the DVD-, but then she improvided and by the fifth season she was the best of the cast by a mile.
    -Charlize Theron: She was cast in “Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest”
    -Jessica Lange: The big failure of 1979’s “King Kong” was her debut
    -Hilary Swank: I don’t believe many thought after “Karate Kid 4” she would became a two times Oscar winner.
    -Johnny Depp: His stardom came with “21 Jump Street”

    If Lloyd got the Tony nom and seven nominations for the play, maybe she has some talent, isn’t it? Yes, theater isn’t the same than film industry but made my point of she’s been judge unfair.

  • 30 6-17-2011 at 3:07 pm

    matsunaga said...

    I agree with Xavi.. Let us not judge Lloyd just by Mama Mia! And that movie wasn’t bad at all… Yes it wasn’t great but it wasn’t bad as well…

    With regards to Knightley, I think she has proven herself, with the track record of filmography, I think it’s quite impressive… For me, she’s not like the other actresses out there who just make movies for the sake of spotlight.. Yeah, there’s the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy but come on, she’s the heart and soul of that movie together with Depp and Bloom… I hope she made wonders with her role here in ADM… And I heard she was a personal choice of Cronenberg for the role? Anyone? If that’s the case then, he might found something from her? Anyway, glad David freaking Cronenberg is back

  • 31 6-18-2011 at 7:43 am

    Melissa said...


    People who have seen the film ( test screenings) have said the same thing. Fassbender and Knightley are leads and Mortenson is not in the film as much.

  • 32 6-18-2011 at 7:58 pm

    bobmcbob said...

    Keira Knightley looks like she wants to go down on Michael Fassbender in that photo while he’s pulling her up because he’s not interested

  • 33 6-19-2011 at 8:05 pm

    DylanS said...

    In terms of this films award prospects, I remember Kris doing a piece about how oddball auteurs don’t typically get recognition from the Academy until they make a more academy-friendly film. Cronenberg could certainly be considered such a director, and “A Dangerous Method” strikes me as his “The Elephant Man” or “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” for those oddball auteurs.

  • 34 6-19-2011 at 8:37 pm

    DylanS said...

    Melissa: I’m just suggesting that they might fuck with the campagn (as they so often do). Place Mortensen in Lead and Fassbender in Supporting even if it’s really the other way around, just to give them better odds. (Hailee Stienfeld, Geoffery Rush)

  • 35 6-20-2011 at 1:12 pm

    Sawyer said...

    Mamma Mia wasn’t terrible, but I would certainly consider Lloyd’s sloppy direction a weakness. In my humble opinion. So why would I not question her presence on a perceived Oscar bait movie (I mean come on, a biopic, Meryl, Harvey? Check, check, check). I don’t know if Meryl hand-picked her or what, but there is nothing about her work on Mamma Mia that would lead me to believe she’ll do well with this film. I’ll be happy to admit if I am wrong.

  • 36 6-20-2011 at 1:13 pm

    Sawyer said...

    Afrika: Carey Mulligan has a decent shot at that title this year as well with Shame – a movie I think is being underrated in its Oscar potential at this point.

  • 37 6-21-2011 at 11:03 am

    Matthew Starr said...

    So the trailer is out, definitely looks like a meaty role for Keira but all three of them honestly look awesome in this.