Brian De Palma To Direct The Key Man

By Eric Eisenberg 2011-08-18 15:17:10discussion comments
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Not only has Brian De Palma not made a film in the last four years, but it's been more than a decade since he's made a film worth watching. While the director is responsible for classics like The Untouchables and Carrie, his most recent movies include dismal titles like Femme Fatale, The Black Dahlia and Mission To Mars. Now the filmmaker is finally ready to get back on the horse and he's doing so with The Key Man, according to Deadline.

Described as a "throwback to paranoid 70s movies," the story is about a man on the run from government agents who have discovered that his body contains government secrets. The movie is based on an original screenplay by Joby Harold (Awake) the film is being backed by QED International and Safehouse Pictures with Open Road Films set to distribute.

That plot synopsis is so strange that I almost wish the film was based on a book so that I could learn more details about it. What exactly does it mean when it says the secrets are inside of him? Is this going to be like a feature version of the NBC series Chuck - in which government secrets are downloaded like a computer file into his brain - or does he have some kind of capsule under his skin with data on it? Does he have a USB flash drive that he swallowed and has to constantly re-ingest throughout the film? Better yet, is it all just a MacGuffin like the microfilm in North By Northwest? Guess we'll just have to wait and find out.
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