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David Cronenberg hints he's done making movies

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Sep 29, 2018

Is David Cronenberg done making movies?

The legendary filmmaker sounds like he's ready to spend less time behind a camera and more time behind the proverbial typewriter to write novels, according to EW. Cronenberg stated that he's attracted to the creative freedoms of prose. “I think that there are things you can do in the novel that you cannot do on a movie," the award-winning director told EW.

"I just came back from the Venice film festival, and I was on a panel with Spike Lee and some others, talking about the future of cinema. There was a lot of discussion about Netflix, and streaming series, and so on, and I was saying that I thought that was the future of cinema, and that it was really an interesting idea, the idea of doing a TV series, a streaming series. Whether I end up doing something like that is a whole other thing. Obviously, it would be a huge commitment of time and so on. To do eight hours of TV is a lot. [But] once again, the idea of a series as being more novelistic than a movie. When you compare the two, a movie is really more like a short story than a novel, and the complexity that you can get into in a series is really quite interesting.”

Cronenberg is famous for classics like The Fly, Rabid, Scanners, Dead Ringers, and so much more. It sounds like a longshot, but, it would be interesting to see what kind of project would attract the traditional feature-length filmmaker to a 12-episode streaming series. He is no stranger to serialized television. He has directed shows like Teleplay, Scales of Justice, and an episode of Friday the 13th: The Series.

Do you think this is a good time for Cronenberg to make the switch from film to a Netflix-type show, or become a prolific novelist? Let us know how you really feel in the comments. 

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