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.”