Director bringing Delillo's novel to the screen

PARIS — David Cronenberg is teaming up with Portuguese producer Paulo Branco to bring Don DeLillo’s novel “Cosmopolis” to the screen.

Cronenberg will helm and also adapt the 2003 novel for the screen. Story follows a 28-year-old multimillionaire on a 24-hour odyssey across Manhattan. Considered one of America’s leading novelists, DeLillo’s most acclaimed works include “White Noise” and “Underworld.”

Branco will produce via his Paris-based shingle Alfama Films and Cronenberg’s Toronto-based Antenna LTD.

Shooting is skedded for 2010 in Toronto and New York.

Branco last produced “Ashes and Blood,” directed by Gallic thesp Fanny Ardant. Cronenberg also has “The Matarese Circle” on his development plate.

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