After The Matarese Circle halted its progress earlier this year, Cronenberg, who was attached to direct, turned his attention to an adaptation of Don DeLillo's Cosmopolis. That film was due to begin in 2010 and it is not known whether that project is still in the works.
A synopsis for The Talking Cure, according to Playlist, reads:
“A beautiful young woman, driven mad by her past. An ambitious doctor on a mission to succeed. An esteemed mentor with a revolutionary cure. Let the mind games begin...”
Hampton's play follows the founding fathers of psychoanalysis, Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud, and their complicated relationships with a brilliant and beautiful patient, Sabina Spielrein.
Cronenberg was previously linked to the project in 2007. Knightley previously starred in the Hampton-scripted Atonement.