David Cronenberg has been playing it relatively straight for the last few years, but a new project seems to harken back to the dark psychological horror of his directorial past. According to Pajiba, the Canadian helmer signed on to direct a film version of the Jonathan Lethem 1997 novel 'As She Climbed Across the Table.'

In the story, a man named Philip is deeply love with Alice; but Alice, a physicist, is obsessed with a portal to nothingness that she has created. Hence, Philip is about to lose Alice to nothing. David Cronenberg has been playing it relatively straight for the last few years, but a new project seems to harken back to the dark psychological horror of his directorial past. According to Pajiba, the Canadian helmer signed on to direct a film version of the Jonathan Lethem 1997 novel 'As She Climbed Across the Table.'

In the story, a man named Philip is deeply love with Alice; but Alice, a physicist, is obsessed with a portal to nothingness that she has created. Hence, Philip is about to lose Alice to nothing.

Sure, no one is infected in 'Table,' and there's no body-altering transformation going on, but the concept certainly recalls a classic Cronenberg element of sci-fi mind terror that the director's recent track record of mainstream thrillers, including 2005's 'A History of Violence' and 2007's 'Eastern Promises,' doesn't have.

Cronenberg's earlier credits include 'Scanners,' 'Videodrome,' 'The Fly' remake and the William S. Borrough's bio 'Naked Lunch.' He's also presently attached to a thriller called 'Cosmopolis,' starring Colin Farrell and Marion Cotillard.

'As She Climbed Across the Table' is being produced by Oscar winner Steven Zaillian, whose screenwriting credits include 'Schindler's List' and the upcoming 'Moneyball.'

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