Ludlum adaptation to star Denzel Washington

David Cronenberg is in negotiations to direct political thriller “The Matarese Circle” for MGM.

Denzel Washington is attached to star in the film, which is based on a Robert Ludlum novel.

Set against the backdrop of the Cold War, book revolves around two men — one American, one Soviet — who must cooperate in order to foil a sinister plot to topple the world’s governments.

Writing partners Michael Brandt and Derek Haas (“3:10 to Yuma”) penned the adaptation.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing alongside Nick Wechsler and Jeffrey Weiner.

MGM began fast-tracking the project after beating out rival studios for the source material in April. The studio is eyeing a spring start date.

Project marks the second MGM film to attach a top director since Mary Parent took the reins of the studio. Darren Aronofsky is aboard to helm a “RoboCop” reboot.

Cronenberg, who most recently directed “Eastern Promises,” is repped by Endeavor and Artist Talent Management.

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