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Monday, November 9, 2015
DE PALMA IN PRE-PRODUCTION ON 'LIGHTS OUT'
THRILLER - BLIND CHINESE GIRL CAUGHT IN PLOT TO EXPOSE ASSASSINATION PROGRAM - USES HEIGHTENED SENSES TO FIGHT BACK
Variety's Patrick Frater posted an exclusive this morning, announcing that Brian De Palma is currently in pre-production on a new thriller, Lights Out, which previously had Xavier Gens attached to direct. "The film is the story of a blind Chinese girl unknowingly caught in a plot to expose a top-secret assassination program," writes Frater. "Although blind, she is able to use her other heightened senses to fight back and become a hero." Deadline's Patrick Hipes adds another element to that description, writing that the film "centers on a blind Chinese girl unknowingly caught in a plot to expose a top-secret assassination program, and who raises unsettling questions about government secrecy and what can and can’t be seen." A year ago, when Gens had been attached, The Hollywood Reporter's Clifford Coonan described the film as a "female superhero movie" that "tells of a young blind girl who lives alone with her seeing eye dog in her family’s secluded mansion after the suspicious death of her father during a Secret Service operation. Russian gangsters break in, and she is forced to make use of the fighting skills taught to her by her father."

According to Frater, "Casting is currently underway for top roles, including an A-list Chinese actress to star as the female action hero lead." According to Frater, the film will be "the first to be made by Aurora Alliance Films the joint venture banner between Huace, one of China’s leading TV producers, and Sydney- and Los Angeles-based Arclight. The joint venture company was announced in September with a $300 million slate of high concept action pictures."

Aurora Alliance's Ying Ye is quoted in the Variety article: "De Palma is a proven master of suspense; in the hands of the legendary director, Lights Out promises to be a thriller for the ages, full of empowering messages, harrowing plot turns and great action sequences."

The film was written by Lamont Magee and Jeff W. Byrd. De Palma's Redacted producers, Jennifer Weiss and Simone Urdl of the Film Farm, are listed by Frater as co-producers, along with Huace Media Group; Ye of Aurora Alliance; Gary Hamilton, Mike Gabrawy, and Elliot Tong of Arclight.


Posted by Geoff at 11:38 AM CST
Updated: Monday, November 9, 2015 5:10 PM CST
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Monday, November 9, 2015 - 2:06 PM CST

Name: "harry georgatos"

This is the type of genre that De palma is at his best. When I think of De palma I think of THE FURY, BLOW OUT and the brilliant visual style of MISSION:IMPOSSIBLE. LIGHTS OUT is the type of packaging that makes great sense with De Palma's stylized visual technique that's the best in the buisness.

Monday, November 9, 2015 - 2:48 PM CST

Name: "Matt"

It seems like each passing year brings news of a new film De Palma is supposedly making, which then gets replaced by a different one the following year. First Happy Valley, then Retribution, and now this one. I wonder if this is the one that'll actually see the light of day. I haven't seen a word about Retribution since literally a year ago. At least we know why Happy Valley got shelved.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 6:55 AM CST

Name: "Yorick"

Really hyped for this. De Palma will go back to the traditional 'blockbusters' he used to make before Hollywood kicked him out. Also a huge surprise in his late filmography... Can't wait to hear more about this project!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 6:16 PM CST

Name: "Christian G"
Home Page: http://christiangrevstad.wordpress.com

Wow - sounds VERY interesting!

I particularly find intrigue in the blind girl's activitiy which "raises unsettling questions about government secrecy and what can and can’t be seen."


I started a thread about it here: http://depalma.freeforums.net/thread/16/new-project-lights-out#ixzz3rEQS3LsJ

Monday, November 16, 2015 - 2:52 PM CST

Name: "Chris"

I wasn't aware that Happy Valley was officially shelved. Why was is cancelled?

 

And I have conflicting feelings about the announcement of this new project. It reminds me of The Fury - not one of the better scripts/stories De Palma has worked with. 

Monday, November 16, 2015 - 5:00 PM CST

Name: "Geoff"
Home Page: https://www.angelfire.com/de/palma

Hi, Chris-- Happy Valley was gearing up to shoot a little over a year ago, and then was suddenly postponed by HBO.

 

In interviews this past September, De Palma said he walked away because HBO interfered too much with the creeative process. Here's the quote from Variety http://variety.com/2015/film/news/noah-baumbach-jake-paltrow-and-brian-de-palma-talk-de-palma-docu-in-venice-1201588892/  ) -- De Palma: "I find that television executives are very intrusive. I’ve never had so many meetings with so many notes about a script than the one I developed for Al Pacino [about the fall of Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno] that HBO wanted to influence in a way that made it unworkable. I got to a point where I said: ‘guys, I’m done.’"

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 10:09 AM CST

Name: "Chris"

Hi Geoff,

 

Thanks for that clarification. I had read the project was delayed, but I did not see the follow-up report of De Palma walking away from it. That's sad to hear. 

On an unrelated note, do you know of any release plans for the Baumbach/Paltrow doc? I've seen all the rave reviews from NYFF, but have not yet seen any concrete release dates mentioned. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 2:51 PM CST

Name: "Matt"

Any clue what became of Retribution? I can't find a single reference to it anywhere that's newer than last November, when it was first announced.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 4:47 PM CST

Name: "Geoff"
Home Page: https://www.angelfire.com/de/palma

Nothing concrete about the release of Paltrow & Baumbach's "De Palma," other than that following its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, A24 picked up distribution rights with plans for release in 2016.

https://www.angelfire.com/de/palma/blog/index.blog/1470264/a24-acquires-de-palma-for-2016-release/

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 4:50 PM CST

Name: "Geoff"
Home Page: https://www.angelfire.com/de/palma

Nothing more of "Retribution"-- It seems to be in development, which could mean the script is still being worked on, could mean Pacino's all booked up for now, etc., etc.

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