David Cronenberg Helms ‘Matarese Circle’, Denzel Washington attached to star… David Cronenberg is in negotiations to direct political thriller “The Matarese Circle”. Set against the backdrop of the Cold War, the story revolves around two men – one American, one Soviet – who must cooperate in order to foil a sinister plot to topple the world’s governments. Denzel Washington is attached to star in the film, which is based on a Robert Ludlum novel. Writing partners Michael Brandt and Derek Haas (“3:10 to Yuma”) penned the adaptation. MGM began fast-tracking the project after beating out rival studios for the source material in April. The studio is eyeing a spring start date.