Brian de Palma is wasting no time moving forward on “Passion,” his remake of the 2011 French psychodrama, “Crime d’Amour,” which is shaping up for a March 5th shoot date in Berlin. Word is that Rachel McAdams is in talks to join Noomi Rapace in the film based on Alain Corneau’s twisted murder tale starring Kristin Scott Thomas as an older executive who takes revenge on her protege (Ludivine Sagnier). Rapace and McAdams also co-star in the upcoming “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” which opens stateside on Friday.
Budgeted at $20 million, Said Ben Said (“Carnage”) is producing the film with Paris-based SBS Productions, which was also involved in the French film. Writer-director De Palma’s version tells the story of woman who turns murderess when her boss steals her idea. De Palma had been prepping “The Key Man” for QED productions, which was readying for a late 2011/early 2012 shoot date. That story follows a single father targeted by the CIA because his body contains national secrets.
De Palma has been no stranger to Berlin since he won the Berlinale’s Silver Bear back in 1969 for “Greetings.” His past credits include “The Untouchables,” “Mission Impossible” and “The Black Dahlia.” While De Palma stumbled with his last film, 2007’s gritty digital Iraq war drama, “Redacted,” “Passion” is right inside his wheelhouse, the filmmaker told one reporter:
“Not since ‘Dressed to Kill’ have I had a chance to combine eroticism, suspense, mystery and murder into one spell-binding cinematic experience. I can’t wait.”