Zailian and Basch will also produce novel adaptation

Media Rights Capital has joined Film Rites’ Steve Zaillian and Garrett Basch to produce an adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s 1997 novel “As She Climbed Across the Table,” which has David Cronenberg attached to direct and Bruce Wagner penning the script.

Story, which mixes the sci-fi, romance and thriller genres, centers on a university professor in love with a particle physicist who’s experimenting with replicating the origins of the universe with a black hole that selectively sucks some objects in and rejects others.

A rep for MRC confirmed that the company’s come on board “As She Climbed Across the Table” but had no comment on whether the project will be part of MRC’s five-year output deal with Universal. MRC financed “The Adjustment Bureau,” “Elysium” and “30 Minutes or Less.”

Cronenberg’s in post-production on “Cosmopolis,” with Colin Farrell and Marion Cotillard. He also helmed “A Dangerous Method,” starring Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender and Keira Knightley.

Film Rites is in post on “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” and “The Cold Light of Day,” and Zaillian’s a writer on “Moneyball.” Wagner was the exec producer and co-writer of Tracey Ullman’s “State of the Union” series on Showtime and adapted his novel “Still Holding” for Epix.

Lethem’s other novels include “Gun With Occasional Music,” “Chronic City” and “Motherless Brooklyn.”

Cronenberg is repped by WME and Sentient Entertainment. Lethem and Zaillian are repped by WME and Wagner by UTA.

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