28 June 2005

DePalma Retouches The Untouchables

Hey guys, it's Donnie...A while back we heard about a possible prequel to Mamet's 1987 masterpiece The Untouchables, the infamous story of Eliot Ness (Kevin Costner) and his group of "Untouchable" lawmen (Sean Connery, Andy Garcia, and the highly underrated Charles Martin Smith) tooth-and-nail fight to lock up the most notorious of notorious, Al Capone (Robert DeNiro). Aside from an obviously impressive cast, it also featured an incredible screenplay and probably one of the best directorial efforts in the carreer of Brian DePalma, the so-called Masterbater of Suspense. The prequel was to chronicle Capone's rise to power in 1930s Chicago as he clashes with young Chicago Police officer Johnny Malone (the character that won Sean Connery an Oscar) and was to be directed by world class hack Antoine Fuqua.

Well, Fuqua has blessedly departed and Art Linson has managed to bring DePalma back into the fold, apparantly in large part based on the merits of the script. The project is still in a mid-development stage, but things have certainly taken a turn for the better. DePalma just finished work on The Black Dahlia with Josh Hartnett and this could be just what he needs. All we need now is a young Robert DeNiro and a young Sean Connery...


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