David Cronenberg’s son, Brandon Cronenberg, is set to follow-up his excellent directorial debut Antiviral with a new sci-fi-thriller titled Dragon. I’ve been keenly awaiting the director’s next project since 2012 and am pleased to discover it’s finally on the way.
Set in the near future, Dragon envisions a society radically changed as a result of discovering ancient organic lifeforms drifting through the cosmos, whose alien biochemistry has been processed to create a hugely profitable drug that acts as an “opiate of the masses.” The film follows a captain and her crew as they hunt these “dragons” in deep space, seeking to secure a comfortable future.
Dragon seems to be incorporating similar themes to Antiviral, which explored a world where celebrity sickness is sold to crazed fans. Following in his father’s footsteps by exploring the dangerous potentials of the future, Cronenberg wears his influences on his sleeve, but is also proving that he has plenty of his own ideas to share.
Dan Abnett (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) will co-write Dragon with Cronenberg and the film will begin shooting in 2018.
Words: Jessy Williams (@JessyCritical)