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EXCLUSIVE: De Palma’s Passion Heading for March Start in Berlin

Thompson on Hollywood By Liza Foreman | Thompson on Hollywood December 14, 2011 at 7:11PM

Brian de Palma is wasting no time moving forward on "Passion," his remake of the 2011 French psychodrama, "Crime d'Amour," which is shaping up for a March 5th shoot date in Berlin. Word is that Rachel McAdams is in talks to join Noomi Rapace in the film based on Alain Corneau's twisted murder tale starring Kristin Scott Thomas as an older executive who takes revenge on her protege (Ludivine Sagnier). Rapace and McAdams also co-star in the upcoming "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows," which opens stateside on Friday.
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Crime d'Amour
Crime d'Amour

Brian de Palma is wasting no time moving forward on "Passion," his remake of the 2011 French psychodrama, "Crime d'Amour," which is shaping up for a March 5th shoot date in Berlin. Word is that Rachel McAdams is in talks to join Noomi Rapace in the film based on Alain Corneau's twisted murder tale starring Kristin Scott Thomas as an older executive who takes revenge on her protege (Ludivine Sagnier). Rapace and McAdams also co-star in the upcoming "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows," which opens stateside on Friday.

Budgeted at $20 million, Said Ben Said ("Carnage") is producing the film with Paris-based SBS Productions, which was also involved in the French film. Writer-director De Palma's version tells the story of woman who turns murderess when her boss steals her idea. De Palma had been prepping "The Key Man" for QED productions, which was readying for a late 2011/early 2012 shoot date. That story follows a single father targeted by the CIA because his body contains national secrets.

De Palma has been no stranger to Berlin since he won the Berlinale’s Silver Bear back in 1969 for "Greetings." His past credits include "The Untouchables," "Mission Impossible" and "The Black Dahlia." While De Palma stumbled with his last film, 2007's gritty digital Iraq war drama, "Redacted," "Passion" is right inside his wheelhouse, the filmmaker told one reporter:

“Not since 'Dressed to Kill' have I had a chance to combine eroticism, suspense, mystery and murder into one spell-binding cinematic experience. I can’t wait.”

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.