Wednesday, June 4, 2008
DE PALMA GETS STRANGLED
Brian De Palma, though one of my favorite filmmakers, has had a very hit and miss career. When he's on, he's on fire. Just watch THE UNTOUCHABLES, BODY DOUBLE, FEMME FATALE, CARLITO'S WAY, DRESSED TO KILL, SCARFACE, BLOW OUT, CASUALTIES OF WAR, CARRIE or MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE and it will be impossible to deny that he's a terrific director. Even when he doesn't have the best script (SNAKE EYES, THE BLACK DAHLIA, THE BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES, RAISING CAIN, REDACTED), his films are always watchable, if not for his bravura visual technique, then for his taste of the perverse. If you've never seen FEMME FATALE then I highly reccommend you grab it on DVD. It's one of his best films ever and one of the most underrated movies of the decade.
The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that De Palma has teamed up with producer Gale Anne Hurd (ALIENS, T2, THE INCREDIBLE HULK) on another true-crime drama, this time centering on the infamous Boston strangler. The film will be adapted from Susan Kelly's book "The Boston Stranglers: The Public Conviction of Albert DeSalvo and the True Story of Eleven Shocking Murders." The film is tentatively titled THE BOSTON STRANGLERS. Per the Hollywood Reporter, "the thriller will detail the early-'60s Beantown killings and their controversial resolution." No writer is attached yet. This all sounds very promising and I am really, really hoping that De Palma knocks this out of the park. He has the talent. He just needs to stay focused and make sure that his shooting script is in good shape before any film gets shot.