June 10, 2008 / 5:27 AM / 10 years ago

Egoyan to explore love, technology in "Wonders"

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Writer-director Atom Egoyan will blend reality and fantasy in his next film, the love triangle “Seven Wonders.”

Atom Egoyan attends a news conference for the film "Adoration" at the 61st Cannes Film Festival May 22, 2008. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

The project centers on a woman named Pandora who, after her own relationship goes south, becomes consumed by a relationship between a commercials director and the director’s boyfriend, even following the helmer as she shoots commercials at the Seven Wonders of the World.

“It’s an intimate story that I think can be harnessed on a larger canvas,” Egoyan said. “The Seven Wonders are an escape from our lives, places where we can believe in something larger.”

Continuing Egoyan’s recent interest in technology — a topic that figures in his recent Festival de Cannes premiere, “Adoration” — the two women of “Wonders” meet online, creating ambiguity over whether some of the interactions might be taking place only in Pandora’s imagination.

Egoyan said he’s interested in modern technology because of the idea “that it’s so easy to be in contact (that) relationships can get complicated and confused.”

“Adoration,” slated for release by Sony Pictures Classics, looks at a shattered family, modern communication and an act of international terrorism that might not have happened. A release date has not yet been set.

In addition to “Wonders,” Egoyan — who was nominated for an Oscar for best director and best adapted screenplay for “The Sweet Hereafter” and executive produced Sarah Polley’s 2007 directorial debut, “Away From Her” — is considering one of several projects based on others’ scripts. He also is set to direct “Eh Joe” at New York’s Lincoln Center this summer, based on the television play by Samuel Beckett.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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