Brian De Palma, the legendary director known for gangster movies like “Scarface,” “The Untouchables” and “Carlito’s Way,” is set to return to the big screen with the action-thriller “Lights Out.” The filmmaker was recently awarded the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award at the 2015 Venice Film Festival. He’s also the subject of a new documentary by Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow, which A24 will release theatrically next year.
“Lights Out” tells the story of Lin Shen, a blind Chinese girl who gets caught up in a conspiracy to expose a top-secret assassination program. The movie will be the first joint venture of Arclight Films and Huace Media under the name Aurora Alliance Films.
The plot synopsis sits well with the mission De Palma has taken in the past few years. Once a filmmaker that some critics referred to as a “misogynist,” he’s now trying to skew his perspective to align more with feminist agendas. He tried and somewhat missed with his last film “Passion,” so we’ll have to wait and see how this time pans out.
“We’re excited and honored to be working with one of the great living film directors, Brian De Palma, on ‘Lights Out,'” said Ying Ye, Managing Director of Aurora Alliance Films. “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.”
Casting is currently underway for top roles, including an A-list Chinese actress to star as the female action hero lead.