Sony Pictures Classics has acquired the U.S. rights to David Cronenberg's 'A Dangerous Method,' a fascinating drama that takes a look at how the intense relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud gave birth to psychoanalysis.
The film, written by Christopher Hampton, based on his 2002 play 'The Talking Cure,' stars Michael Fassbender as the psychiatric pioneer Carl Jung and Viggo Mortensen as his rival Sigmund Freud. Keira Knightley plays Russian-Jewish patient Sabina Spielrein, whose relationship with Jung causes a rift between Jung and Freud. Vincent Cassel also stars as another patient.
SPC picked up the rights to the film, which was produced by Jeremy Thomas, from the U.K.-based Hanway Films, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
No release date has been set, but you can expect the film to hit the fall festival circuit with an end-of-year run for Academy Award consideration.
"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," SPC said in a statement.
'A Dangerous Method' is Cronenberg's first film since 'Eastern Promises' in 2007; next up is 'Cosmopolis,' which stars Robert Pattinson, Paul Giamatti and Jay Baruchel.