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Can Robert Pattinson save “Cosmopolis” from itself?

Robert Pattinson Cosmopolis

By Kim Palacios

hollywoodnews.com: If everything Robert Pattinson touches turns to gold, will the British mega-star work his alchemy on “Cosmopolis”? The 2003 novel is considered to be one of author Don DeLillo’s weakest works, and its current revival has cultivated a new crop of unflattering reviews.

“My Mind is Blown, and Not in a Good Way” read a recent headline from the Robert Pattinson fan blog, “Rob My World”, which is hosting a chapter-by-chapter readalong of DeLillo’s text. The abysmal three-star Amazon.com rating—not to mention similar critical commentary—corroborates widespread doubts about the quality of the book. Reviews like these stand apart from those of the novels corresponding to Pattinson’s earlier films; “Water for Elephants” was a New York Times Bestseller and “The Twilight Saga” was internationally renowned.

Perhaps it was not the story, but the character, who compelled Pattinson to take the role. Protagonist Eric Parker is a far cry from the moody centenarean vampire, depression-era circus veterinarian, and 19th-century social climber the actor will play in current films. And, in place of a lengthy story, DeLillo’s cocky, multi-billionaire financier will suffer a (frankly unrealistic) barrage of misfortunes during the course of a single limousine ride. With supporting actors like Paul Giamatti and Keira Knightley (who is rumored to have been cast to replace a pregnant Marion Cotillard) to complement Pattinson’s performance, the film project is likely to surpass the book.

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About Kim Palacios

Kim Palacios is a San Francisco Bay Area transplant whose epicurean tendencies are matched only by her wanderlust. While not covering food, wine, and luxury travel for her column on Examiner.com, she guest writes for Travel Writers Exchange and a number of other varied-topic blogs. She is quadrilingual and holds an M.B.A. in Finance (neither of which she uses much these days). While not mourning the death of free markets and grumbling about the tax treatment of Californians, she enjoys film, and all things Twilight.

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  • January 31, 2011 | Permalink |

    If you saw Rob on the red carpet at the Golden Globes, he said he took the movie because the director, David Cronenberg called him and offered it to him and he was excited to be working with Cronenberg. The advantage to making an unpopular book into a film is that it has a much better chance of being popular than a badly adapted best seller–Charlie St. Cloud anyone? And since when is Cronenberg interested in making films that are big commercial hits? Rob’s also already been there, done that with the Twilight franchise.

  • January 31, 2011 | Permalink |

    ‘Cosmopolis’ is 100000000x better that the stupid Twilight saga and with Cronenberg on the direction, surely this book can look awesome at the big screen…

  • January 31, 2011 | Permalink |

    I haven’t read this book so I can’t comment on that aspect. I am curious so maybe I’ll pick it up for my next read.

    But what I do know is that Cronenberg makes the most interesting of films, and I trust that he and Rob will make a great team. Rob obviously wants to break away from (or no longer cares about), the mainstream, and is choosing projects that are interesting to him. In this case it was because of David Cronenberg. Good for Rob; he’s earned the right to do so. But here is a thought: how about before we suggest that Cosmopolis needs “saving” (good God, the thing has not even left the ground) we give it a chance, hum?

  • January 31, 2011 | Permalink |

    i think cronenberg has more to do with rob taking the role vs the story. cronenberg is adapting the script, and the man is good. there have been many books to movies in which the book was horrible, but the movie made it something.

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