Brian De Palma confirms that he will touch The Untouchables in prequel

untouch.jpgIn it’s name as well as it’s caliber many people feel that The Untouchables should remain that way but it will be touched, by the original creator of the movie Brian De Palma. The people over at give us this:

Although the rumor had been lingering around for over a year now, Brian De Palma will officially begin production on a prequel to The Untouchables this June. The Untouchables: Capone Rising will be based off a script written by Brian Koppelman and David Levien, the same duo who brought us films like Rounders, Knockaround Guys and the upcoming Ocean’s Thirteen.

Story will revolve around Al Capone’s early days on the mob scene, and how his rise to power was due, in part, to the seedy, corrupt side of law enforcement. Pic will also focus on Capone’s relationship with detective Jimmy Malone (played by Sean Connery in De Palma’s 1987 film), a dirty cop who vows to turn his life around after exposing himself to Capone’s violent, illegal and dangerous behavior. If De Palma plans to start shooting this thing in June, a cast should be announced fairly soon.

The plot sounds strong, Al Capone’s criminal mind being inspired by crooked cops, the crisis of conscience that Capone brings out in those same policemen. That’s interesting to me.

However De Palma must work diligently, and I mean be pristine if he is going to get away with going back to this perfect crime. Because if he gets lazy and just wants to ride on the name of The Untouchables for some cash he is going to loose big time. Fortunately I don’t think that’s his intention. I can understand wanting to do this style of film again if I was De Palma, to do it twenty year later with that much more experience.

I say good luck to him.

The story sounds good, that is a key factor, the other is the casting. One thing is certain in my mind; if they pull any weak actors this movie will be wearing some major cement shoes.

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