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Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Screen Daily's Geoffrey Macnab posted an article yesterday about the upcoming slate of films from Saïd Ben Saïd's SBS Productions, providing more details about De Palma's next project with his Passion producer. For starters, the article states that the fantastic Emily Mortimer will play the lead in the film, which is described as a "loose adaptation of Emile Zola's Therese Raquin, featuring both period and contemporary elements." Macnab reports that "the story is about a film director and two actors shooting a movie version of Zola's novel and finding that it reflects experiences in their own lives."

Back in February, we linked to an article from CineObs' Nicolas Schaller (the original article appears to be defunct at this time) in which Ben Saïd is quoted about a new project he was then developing with De Palma, but without providing any title. "This is a film about cinema that is not devoid of humor or cruelty," Ben Saïd told Schaller. "It happens on a shoot between a director, an actor and an actress. De Palma wrote it by drawing on things that have happened to him. It is a kind of film testament."

Ben Saïd, whose upcoming slate also includes films by Joe Dante, David Cronenberg, David Mamet, Philippe Garrel, and Pascal Bonitzer, tells Macnab, "I am very much director-driven. I like to produce movies I enjoy to watch."

(Thanks to Chris and David!)

Posted by Geoff at 12:30 AM CDT
Updated: Sunday, December 8, 2013 3:57 PM CST
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Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 3:10 AM CDT

Name: "Trevor V"

This new De Palma project sounds really intriguing, at first glance as I'm not familiar with Thérèse Raquin and at first I thought this sounds like something outside of De Palma's common themes, (and De Palma has never done aperiod drama before). BUT, just reading the Thérèse Raquin plot synopsis on good old Wikipedia, this sounds exactly up De Palma's street (passionate affairs, murder, intrigue, nightmares, hallucinations, guilt.... combined with De Palma's own cinematic obsessions, now I can't wait to hear more about this one!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 4:07 PM CDT

Name: "Matt"

The plot sounds reminiscent of the 1981 Meryl Streep film, The French Lieutenant's Woman. I'm sure with De Palma at the helm it will be quite different though. Can't wait to see it.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 4:37 PM CDT

Name: "harry georgatos"

At first the idea reminded me of THE FRENCH LIEUTENANT'S WOMAN with it's structure of a contempoary film crew intercutting to a period era. DePalma's admitted favourite Kubrick film is the period movie BARRY LYNDON. I wouldn't be surprised if DePalma pays homage to that film. This is a concept that would be intriguning in seeing DePalma work in.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 5:51 PM CDT

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



I certainly didn't see this one coming. Laughing

Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 6:20 AM CDT

Name: "Chiel"

Is this film to be made before or after the Al Pacino one? 

I really hope this one is going to be made! De Palma's has been connected to many (not realised) projects over the last few years...

Friday, September 13, 2013 - 5:34 PM CDT

Name: "harry georgatos"

DePalma should get Al Pacino to play the director reminiscent of Peter O'toole in the flambyoant THE STUNTMAN.

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