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De Palma Untouch-ed?

06.28.2005

Paramount has been developing a prequel based on the classic 1987 film THE UNTOUCHABLES that at one time Antoine Fuqua (TRAINING DAY) was set to direct. Then Fuqua left the project and the status was up in the air. But over the past two months, Brian De Palma, who directed the original, has shown interest in returning to tell the tale of how Al Capone rose to power. De Palma was working with producer Art Linson on THE BLACK DAHLIA while Linson was also working on developing the UNTOUCHABLES prequel. He presented a draft of the script, written by Brian Koppelman and David Levien (ROUNDERS), to De Palma who sparked to the story and has been developing the project with Linson since. The film follows Capone's arrival in Chicago and his encounters with tough cop Johnny Malone (the role Sean Connery won an Oscar for in the original). Another classic crime movie prequel is on its way with CARLITO'S WAY: THE BEGINNING making its way to theaters with Jay Hernandez and Sean "P Diddy" Combs starring. De Palma's THE BLACK DAHLIA, with Hilary Swank, Josh Hartnett and Scarlett Johansson, was recently picked up by Universal for distribution. De Palma and Linson hope to get their UNTOUCHABLES prequel ready to start filming early next year.

Source: Variety

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