Egoyan's travels

Director's next film will be 'Seven Wonders'

Atom Egoyan has set his next project as a writer-director: "Seven Wonders," a love triangle that blends reality and fantasy.

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, leading to ambiguity over whether some of the interactions might be taking place only in Pandora's imagination.

Egoyan said he's piqued by modern technology because of the idea "that it's so easy to be in contact (that) relationships can get complicated and confused."

The director will produce "Wonders" through his Toronto-based shingle Ego Film Arts.

The project had been set up at Universal, but it's likely that it will move forward under an indie model. Canadian production banner the Film Farm, which produced "Adoration," could come aboard to produce "Wonders."

With its exotic locations, the budget is likely to be higher than it would be for a traditional Egoyan film. Several financing options are said to be under consideration.

"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. SPC has not set an official release date.

Additionally, Egoyan — who was nominated for an Oscar for best director and best adapted screenplay for "The Sweet Hereafter" and exec produced Sarah Polley's 2007 directorial debut "Away From Her" — is considering several projects based on others' scripts. He also is set to direct "Eh Joe" at New York's Lincoln Center this summer, based on Samuel Beckett's play. (partialdiff)