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Rachel McAdams In Talks To Join Noomi Rapace In De Palma's 'Passion,' Shooting Begins In March

by Drew Taylor
December 14, 2011 8:26 PM
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For Brian De Palma fanatics, it's been an agonizingly long wait for another sexy, stylish spellbinder. His last feature was 2007 incendiary "Redacted," which was a noble failure, but a failure just the same. Honestly, we can only watch our Criterion "Blow Out" Blu-rays so many times. Thankfully, word comes down from Anne Thompson that his new movie, "Passion," a loose remake of the recent French thriller "Love Crime," has picked up a cast member and set a date for principle photography.

Rachel McAdams is close to joining her "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" costar Noomi Rapace in the film, which is set to start principle photography March 5th in Berlin. Two of the original "Love Crime" participants are back for the remake - producer Ben Said Ben and SBS Productions. The movie is budgeted at a tiny $20 million (is this really the kind of money one of this country's greatest living directors can muster?) and instead of being about an older woman who takes revenge on her protege, this one is about a woman who, according to Thompson, "turns murderess when her boss steals her idea." Me-ouch!

This will now take precidence over the already-announced "The Key Man," written by "All You Need Is Kill" scribe Joby Harold, which was about a single father who discovers the key to national secrets is hidden within his body. That project, for QED Productions, was supposed to start at the end of the year. The Thompson report says that De Palma had been prepping "Key Man" but will move over to "Passion" immediately. Guess this is why you develop multiple projects at once.

Not only does "Passion" seem like a more exciting project because it fits more snugly in the erotic suspense wheelhouse (and, honestly, "Key Man's" concept sounds kind of dopey), but it's also a movie that De Palma will write and direct. Almost all of his certifiable masterpieces were written and directed by De Palma - "Phantom of the Paradise," "Body Double," "Dressed to Kill," "Blow Out." The Thompson report offers a quote that De Palma gave a reporter about the "Passion" project, saying, "Not since 'Dressed to Kill' have I been able to combine eroticism, suspense, mystery, and murder into one spell-binding experience. I can't wait." Neither can we, Brian, neither can we.

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  • Chris | December 15, 2011 12:07 PMReply

    McAdams, Rapace and De Palma? Yes, please!

    Having said that, I do hope De Palma gets some help on the script. There possibly isn't a bigger fan of his work than me out there, but it's clear to all that so many of his films post-Blow Out have been marred by some very, very silly screenplays. Even when he hasn't been the sole writer (The Black Dahlia, anyone? Snake Eyes?). Please, Brian, do your next film and your legacy a favor and get a good script together. You've got the directorial skills and you haven't lost them, but you need better writing! Otherwise, preemptive comparisons to Dressed to Kill are meaningless (I seem to remember he made a similar comment re: Femme Fatale).

  • Travis Hopson | December 15, 2011 9:03 AMReply

    Anne Thompson's description of the plot isn't that much different than how the French version was. If I remember right, things got deadly when Kristin Scott Thomas started stealing the ideas of her younger assistant.

  • Philip | December 15, 2011 8:33 AMReply

    Having seen the French version, here's to hope tha BdP can really bring something extra to the material- the original one is atrocious

  • Kevin | December 15, 2011 8:59 AM

    Totally agree. I walked out of the was pretty dreadful.

  • gonad | December 15, 2011 5:27 AMReply

    When this was first announced last year Theirry Arbogast was attached as DoP, hopefully he is still onboard as his work on Femme Fatale (not to mention Bessons Leon and Nikita) was really stylish and beautiful.

  • Mark | December 15, 2011 3:11 AMReply

    @jimmiescoffee: I guess you've never seen The Untouchables, Casualties of War and Carlito's Way then.

  • jimmiescoffee | December 15, 2011 4:27 AM

    actually, i've seen those movies multiple times, just like everything else by de palma . 'the untouchables' is an awful, over-the-top, cartoonish film in my opinion. 'casualties of war' and 'carlito's way' are both average and enjoyable for what they are.

  • jimmiescoffee | December 14, 2011 10:48 PMReply

    de palma is good. but he's made a fuckin ton of awful films. post 1985 he hasn't done anything besides the underrated 'mission impossible' and 'femme fatale.'

  • Piotr | December 14, 2011 10:32 PMReply

    LOVE IT! Been too long. Welcome back, BDP.

  • Kevin | December 14, 2011 10:15 PMReply

    Guys, in a world where Adam Sandler comedies cost $80 million (budget for "Jack & Jill") yes, $20 million is "tiny."

  • kipling | December 14, 2011 9:53 PMReply


    its good to know the folks at the playlist consider 20 MILLION chump change...

  • Daniel | December 14, 2011 9:52 PMReply

    Well, to be fair, it is "tiny" relative to what most Hollywood features cost today, and that's clearly the context of the article. For me, yeah, 20 million dollars would be a lot of money. But if I had to make a feature with it starring Rachel McAdams, with a good DP, a decent crew, production insurance, location costs, FX, etc etc? It's not exactly a comfortable amount of money.

  • Daniel | December 14, 2011 9:53 PM

    Whoops. Meant to post that as a reply to "HMM"

  • RNL | December 14, 2011 9:35 PMReply

    I wish bloggers would stop using the word 'wheelhouse'. It's like they all just discovered it at once.

    De Palma, Passion, good news, 'bout time.

  • hmm | December 14, 2011 9:27 PMReply

    Since when is 20 million chump change?

  • Cde. | December 14, 2011 9:34 PM

    Indeed. Terrence Malick and Woody Allen and David Cronenberg (though he's technically Canadian...) all worked with $20 million or less for their most recent projects.

  • Max | December 14, 2011 9:31 PM

    Seriously. That that is considered "tiny" is absurd.

  • Cde. | December 14, 2011 9:16 PMReply

    Sounds great. De Palma hasn't made a great movie since Femme Fatale, which was a really underrated, gloriously weird picture.
    This one sounds really interesting.

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