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Wednesday, January 19, 2011
After all that talk about how Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan is similar to the cinema of Brian De Palma, it turns out that De Palma's name was actually included in the Black Swan press kit. Under the kit's bio for screenwriter John McLaughlin, one of McLaughlin's latest film projects is listed as "a movie based on the Donald Westlake underworld character Parker with Brian De Palma attached to direct." I checked with De Palma, who confirmed the project. The bio also mentions a McLaughlin project called The Man Who Killed Houdini, and someone at TampaBay.com yesterday must have misread McLaughlin's bio, because they mistakenly stated that De Palma was attached to the Houdini project (De Palma said he is not involved with that one).

In any case, the Parker project sounds rather promising. Parker is a character created by Westlake under the pseudonym Richard Stark. The first novel to feature the character, The Hunter, was published in 1962, and subsequently adapted into two films: John Boorman's masterful Point Blank (1967), which starred Lee Marvin (as "Walker") and Angie Dickinson; and Payback (1999), starring Mel Gibson (as "Porter") and Gary Sinise. Robert Duvall also played a character based on Parker in John Flynn's The Outfit (1973), as did Jim Brown in Gordon Flemyng's The Split (1968).

McLaughlin shares screenwriting credit for Black Swan with Mark Heyman and Andrés Heinz. McLaughlin was the one who initially moved the story from its original Off-Broadway setting, bringing it into the world of ballet. McLaughlin has also adapted Stephen Rebello's book, Alfred Hitchcock And The Making Of Psycho, into a screenplay that was at one point heading into production under the direction of Ryan Murphy, and starring Anthony Hopkins as Hitchock. However, Steven Zeitchik at the Los Angeles Times reported on Wednesday that Sacha Gervasi (Anvil! The Story of Anvil) is now in talks to take over that project.

For more information on the Parker character, visit The Violent World of Parker.

Posted by Geoff at 1:35 PM CST
Updated: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 3:34 PM CST
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Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 5:06 AM CST

Name: "rado"
Home Page: http://spaze.info

wow, great news!

interesting, the character was renamed as "Porter" for "Payback (1999)"

Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 8:27 AM CST

Name: "Ryan Clark"

I have to wonder how true that Making of Psycho movie is going to be.  Didn't Hitchcock usually fall asleep on the set most of the time?  He was more interested in pre-production.

Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 2:33 PM CST

Name: "Gustavo"
Home Page: http://mulhollandcinelog.wordpress.com

Hopefully it will come to fruition.


It seems like these next few years will be busy for our master!

Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 6:38 PM CST

Name: "Geoff"
Home Page: http://www.briandepalma.org

Thanks, Rado-- I fixed it.

Friday, January 21, 2011 - 7:24 AM CST

Name: "dante76"

Wouldn't hold my breath...Probably never going to happen like most of the projects that De Palma was attached to. I was in highschool when he started working on Toyer. In the meantime I've finished college and started working. I'll probably have kids before that one starts shooting.

Sunday, January 23, 2011 - 7:43 AM CST

Name: "pedant"

Lee Marvin's character was named "Walker" in Point Blank.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - 9:36 AM CST

Name: "Geoff"
Home Page: http://www.briandepalma.org

Thanks, Pedant-- sorry for the oversight.

Friday, March 11, 2011 - 3:32 PM CST

Name: "loops Like"

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Monday, April 18, 2011 - 9:29 AM CDT

Name: "rado"
Home Page: http://rado.bg

Apparently, this will be directed by Taylor Hackford - http://www.aintitcool.com/node/49314

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 9:17 PM CDT

Name: "Jim Clark"
Home Page: http://www.fastandstressfreetrafficschool.com/

Glad to see that things are heading in the right direction! Hopefully it all works out.

Monday, October 28, 2013 - 10:30 PM CDT

Name: "Paul Broody"
Home Page: http://nostresstrafficschool.com

I must admit i did liek the Black Swan i hope this flick is as good and from the looks of things should be even better

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