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David Cronenberg is the Latest Film Director Looking to Jump to TV

By Julie Muncy on at

While film becomes increasingly monopolistic and expensive, TV is starting to become a really cushy place for the auteur. Now David Cronenberg, creepy cult creator extraordinaire, is interested in making the leap.

Speaking during a panel at the Venice Film Festival, Cronenberg, who has very occasionally made the leap into TV direction in the past, said that he was in the process of developing what Variety calls a “long-form personal TV project.” While he didn’t offer any more direct details, that’s pretty scintillating.

“Today Today TV screens are getting bigger and bigger and therefore the difference between theatre and domestic viewing has become really flimsy,” Cronenberg said. “The rule used to be that closeup shots were only done for TV, and not for movies. But today that’s no longer the case.”

Cronenberg, who was once offered the job to helm the second season of True Detective, but apparently declined due to disliking the script, is only the most recent legacy director to decide a jump from film to television makes creative sense. Most notably, David Lynch, who was pretty burned by TV in the ‘90s, returned for the third season of Twin Peaks, creating a work of such strangeness and depth that it proved almost single-handedly that TV might be the new destination for weird personal projects from classic cult directors.