While the production of the “Circle Matareze” is kept in deep anabiosis, David Cronenberg has decided to take up the screen version of Christopher Hampton’s play “The Talking Cure”. The project was announced back in 2007, but now has come an opportune moment to launch it into the production. After consultations and negotiations for the main roles in the film have signed Keira Knightley and stars of “Inglourious Basterds” Christoph Waltz and Michael Fassbender.
Hampton’s play tells us about the difficult relationship between Sigmund Freud (Waltz), Carl Gustav Jung (Fassbender) and their patient – a young native Russian woman – Sabina Spielrein (Knightley). She was a patient of Jung, and he has successfully tested methods of Freud on her. As a result of the received psycho trauma in childhood, Sabina found the cure in the psycho therapy, and even entered the Medical Faculty of the University of Zurich, in which she began to study psychoanalysis. However, the situation was complicated by the fact that between the patient and the doctor broke romance. A few months later, Carl Gustav, feeling guilty for the violation of professional ethics, broke relations with Sabina and some time later she wrote a long letter to Freud, in which she told her experiences of love and asked him to analyze. Freud proposed Sabina Spielrein psychotherapeutic assistance.
Filming will begin early next year and will be held in Germany.