SAID BEN SAID WILL PRODUCE, BUT HE'S BUSY-- PRODUCTION WILL HAVE TO WAIT A YEAR
The Hollywood horror picture about a Harvey Weinstein-like "sexual aggressor" that Brian De Palma mentioned a few days ago is titled Predator. For this film, De Palma is reteaming with Saïd Ben Saïd, who produced De Palma's Passion six years ago. Ben Saïd will produce along with partner Michel Merkt, reports Deadline's Nancy Tartaglione. Ben Saïd posted this image of the screenplay on Twitter, with the comment, "Work in progress..."
In an interview posted today at Le Point, De Palma tells Philippe Guedj that the film will take place at the Toronto International Film Festival. When Guedj describes it as "a film inspired by the Weinstein affair," De Palma responds, "More specifically, a horror film whose plot will be in a context of sexual harassment in Hollywood and which will take place during the Toronto Film Festival. We will go there and Saïd Ben Saïd will be our producer. But we can not seriously start production for another year, Saïd is already occupied with four other films, he can not manage this one before the summer of 2019."
Predator is just the sort of edgy material that seems to suit Saïd Ben Saïd: he produced Paul Verhoeven and Isabelle Huppert's Elle, and one of the films he is currently in production on is Verhoeven's follow-up, Benedetta (formerly titled Blessed Virgin), a lesbian nun drama which stars Elle's Virginie Efira as the real-life 17th century nun Benedetta Carlini.
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