Director Brian De Palma hasn’t stepped behind a camera since 2007’s Redacted, but it looks like he may be returning to the director’s chair soon. Deadline reports that the Untouchables director has been set to direct the thriller The Key Man for QED International and Safehouse Pictures. The story revolves around a father who is targeted by authorities because his body “contains answers to important national secrets,” and is said to be in the vein of 70’s paranoid thrillers like Marathon Man and Three Days of the Condor.
Joby Harold (Awake) wrote the script and will produce alongside Bill Block, Paul Hanson, and Tory Tunnell. Back in January we reported that De Palma would be directing Passion, a remake of the 2010 Gallic psychodrama Crime d’amour, as his next film. There’s no word as to the status of that project, but it sure sounds like De Palma is itching to get behind another “psychologically unsound” project. When we first reported on The Key Man, the plan was to begin shooting later this year, and that still seems to be the case, so it’s looking like The Key Man will mark De Palma’s return.