Brian De Palma has been actively looking for new film projects, and it looks like he will shoot the film Passion in the next few months. But he’s also setting up something to do later this year: if things work out, a deal in the works at the Berlin Film Festival will see the director behind the camera for a remake of the 1986 Burt Reynolds thriller Heat. (Released in the US in ’87, so you’ll often see it listed as an ’87 movie.)

Jason Statham will be in the Reynolds role. More detail follows, including the reason I’m fairly interested in this remake. Read More »

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It’s a good time to get a little bit of Brian De Palma news out there. With Mission: Impossible talk flying left and right, some people are giving De Palma’s ’96 franchise kickstart another look and realizing “hey, this ain’t half bad.” Granted, of the five movies he’s made since that film, only one (Femme Fatale) stands as a picture I want to go back to, but I’m hopeful for the future.

For the past year, De Palma has been developing two films. One is The Key Man, which we thought might end up being his next. But now it looks like his next film will be the other in-development project, called Passion, which now has Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace lined up to star when the film rolls in Berlin in March. Read More »

Brian De Palma to Direct Thriller ‘The Key Man’

The last decade hasn’t been the most popular one for Brian De Palma, at least in a commerical sense. I do love his 2003 movie Femme Fatale a whole hell of a lot, but can’t really get behind the James Ellroy adaptation The Black Dahlia, and feel like the minor Iraq War film Redacted might be worth a second look at some point in the future, if only because it was a relatively early effort to embrace the always-on nature of modern video.

But now it’s a whole new decade, and the director has been working to line up a couple of possible projects. We’ve heard he might remake Alain Corneau’s Crime d’amour (Love Crime) as a film called Passion, for example. Now it seems as if he has money lined up for another project, a thriller called The Key Man, which will shoot by the end of this year. Read More »

Sure, you might think you love Scarface. But do you really love Scarface? Like, say, to the tune of $999.99?

That impressive figure is what it’ll cost you to get the limited-edition Blu-ray of the gangster classic, dropping Sept. 6, and it’s quite a jump from the $19.98 “Widescreen Two-Disc Anniversary Edition” DVD that’s currently on the market. So what does that extra $980.01 get you? Find out after the jump.

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Brian De Palma has made only a few features in the last ten years: the psycho-sexual thriller Femme Fatale (which I’ll defend until death), a shaky adaptation of James Ellroy’s novel The Black Dahlia, and the intriguing but not so successful Iraq war film Redacted. He’s had a couple other directorial prospects, but now he may remake a French film from Alain Corneau called Crime d’amour (Love Crime), in which a conflict between two competing female corporate executives leads to murder. Read More »

The quick-turnaround required to get another Paranormal Activity into cinemas this Halloween, and possibly kill the Saw franchise once and for all, will mean that Paramount will have to get production up and running very soon indeed.

You probably recall that Saw almuni Kevin Greutert was given the helm before a little contractual black magic from Lionsgate saw those plans dashed. Who then, might Paramount have in the frame for this eight-month wonder now?

It’s an astonishing shortlist. As well as Session 9‘s Brad Anderson and Wolf Creek‘s Greg McLean, the studio are reportedly also sizing up none other than Brian De Palma. Blimey.

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Reader Recommendation: Phantom of the Paradise

/Film reader Phil C sent in this recommendation for Brian De Palma‘s 1974 cult film Phantom of the Paradise. The film was nominated for both an Academy Award  and Golden Globe for Best Music. Apparently a 2010 remake of the film is in development (or was in development?). I personally haven’t seen it, but It sounds interesting.

Have any of you guys seen it? And if so – What did you think?

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Hi Peter/whoever reading this,

I was just wondering if anyone at slashfilm has ever heard or seen the film Phantom of the Paradise, Its a cult film from the 70s, Brian Depalma Directed, amazing film though, one of my favorites. Phantom of the opera, except its a rock opera (Paul willliams FYI). If you haven’t please check it out asap and write something on it. its such a great film and soo little on it and no one has ever heard of this movie, but it is honestly just amazing, i can’t really put into words why anyone should see it or enjoy it but it is just fucking awesome and you see him tipping his hat to many of the great filmmakers eras of film and music, orson welles, hitchcock, german expressionist, 50s rock, everything and its very interesting to see de palamas filmmaking at such an early stage, please check this out and see it.  You wont be disappointed. o yea this beats the fucking shit out of rocky horror picture show.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071994/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2n5qVJEg3qA

The UntouchablesNicolas Cage will play a young Al Capone in the a prequel to Brian De Palma’s The Untouchables. Robert DeNiro played the character in the original film.

The Untouchables: Capone Rising
follows Al Capone’s arrival in Chicago, Illinois and his dealings with cop Jimmy Malone, and his subsequent rise to power. Sean Connery won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Malone in the original film. The film will reteam Cage with Snake Eyes director Brian De Palma.

According to MTV, the casting announcement is being advertised in the Cannes 2007 issue of The Hollywood Reporter. The advetisement features an early poster show which features Cage’s mug and states “Starring Nicolas Cage.” No word yet on who will play young Jimmy Malone, although rumors have named both Sean Penn and Colin Farrell.

The Untouchables is based on the 1959 ABC television series, and was a solid hit, grossing over $76 million domestically. The film starred Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Robert De Niro and Andy Garcia.

Principal photography will begin in October 2007.

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