"As She Climbed . . . " was the first Lethem book I ever read. It's part love triangle, part horror, and part scathing-satire-of-academia.
David Cronenberg to direct Lethem's As She Climbed Across the Table | Film | guardian.co.uk
In recent years, he's successfully moved into more mainstream, if indubitably classy, fare but David Cronenberg's latest project looks like a return to the peculiar world of The Fly or Crash. The Canadian filmmaker is planning a big-screen adaptation of Jonathan Lethem's 1997 novel As She Climbed Across the Table, the tale of a man who loses the love of his life to a shapeless void.
According to the Pajiba blog, Cronenberg is attached to direct, though there are as yet no casting details. Lethem's novel features two main characters: Philip, a man who is obsessed with a woman, and Alice (the woman), a physicist who is obsessed with a hole, or doorway to nothingness, which she has created in the laboratory where they both work. According to the website, the film is aiming for an Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind feel.
Lethem's other novels include The Fortress of Solitude and Motherless Brooklyn, which won the National Book Critics Circle award.
Cronenberg himself is currently working on the drama A Dangerous Method, about the friendship and rivalry between Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung.