Leigh, Law headlining ‘Existenz’

Jennifer Jason Leigh and rising star Jude Law have been set to headline David Cronenberg’s “Existenz,” which goes before the cameras next April in Toronto.

The story centers on a scientific researcher (Leigh) working in cutting-edge virtual reality technology. The film’s focus is a test that goes awry in which the borders of real and imagined incidents merge in a relentless game of nerves. Its graphic psychological horror has been likened to the filmmaker’s earlier “Videodrome” and “The Fly.”

“Existenz” dates back several years to when Cronenberg’s pitch was bought by Mike Marcus — his former agent — at MGM. Cronenberg wrote a script and the project was developed at the studio for more than a year. Eventually, he was allowed to take it back in turnaround and set it up with Alliance, which has produced his recent films.

With a budget between $15 million and $20 million, the producers are closing in on a U.S. pre-buy that could be sealed early in the week. Unconfirmed reports have Miramax tipped to pick up American rights for between $5 million and $6 million.

More Film

  • Durban FilmMart Celebrates Women as Industry

    Durban FilmMart Celebrates Women as Industry Still Struggles With Transformation

    Jennifer Jason Leigh and rising star Jude Law have been set to headline David Cronenberg’s “Existenz,” which goes before the cameras next April in Toronto. The story centers on a scientific researcher (Leigh) working in cutting-edge virtual reality technology. The film’s focus is a test that goes awry in which the borders of real and […]

  • MayFair, directed by Sara Blecher

    Sara Blecher’s ‘Mayfair’ Brings Feminine Gaze to Gangster Tale

    Jennifer Jason Leigh and rising star Jude Law have been set to headline David Cronenberg’s “Existenz,” which goes before the cameras next April in Toronto. The story centers on a scientific researcher (Leigh) working in cutting-edge virtual reality technology. The film’s focus is a test that goes awry in which the borders of real and […]

  • Todd Brown, XYZ Films

    African Finance Under Spotlight at Durban FilmMart  

    Jennifer Jason Leigh and rising star Jude Law have been set to headline David Cronenberg’s “Existenz,” which goes before the cameras next April in Toronto. The story centers on a scientific researcher (Leigh) working in cutting-edge virtual reality technology. The film’s focus is a test that goes awry in which the borders of real and […]

  • Ryan Reynolds'Deadpool' panel, Comic-Con International, San

    Ryan Reynolds Wants to Explore Deadpool's Bisexuality in Future Films

    Jennifer Jason Leigh and rising star Jude Law have been set to headline David Cronenberg’s “Existenz,” which goes before the cameras next April in Toronto. The story centers on a scientific researcher (Leigh) working in cutting-edge virtual reality technology. The film’s focus is a test that goes awry in which the borders of real and […]

  • Mandatory Credit: Photo by Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock (9243328q)From

    Jonathan Gold, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Restaurant Critic, Dies at 57

    Jennifer Jason Leigh and rising star Jude Law have been set to headline David Cronenberg’s “Existenz,” which goes before the cameras next April in Toronto. The story centers on a scientific researcher (Leigh) working in cutting-edge virtual reality technology. The film’s focus is a test that goes awry in which the borders of real and […]

  • Johnny Depp Amber Heard

    Johnny Depp, Amber Heard Appear Moments Apart at WB's Comic-Con Panel

    Jennifer Jason Leigh and rising star Jude Law have been set to headline David Cronenberg’s “Existenz,” which goes before the cameras next April in Toronto. The story centers on a scientific researcher (Leigh) working in cutting-edge virtual reality technology. The film’s focus is a test that goes awry in which the borders of real and […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content