Brian De Palma Working On Toyer As His Next Film

Back in 2004, Brian De Palma was trying to figure out what his next project would be. Captivating his interest was a book titled Toyer by Gardner McKay. He eventually decided not to do it and made The Black Dahlia instead. It was a serious mistake that he is now trying to rectify.

Vulture reports that the director, who hasn't made a movie since 2007's Redacted, is once again working to make a film adaptation of the novel. In the book, a psychotic man nicknamed "The Toyer" has established a special modus operandi: he follows and psychologically tortures beautiful women before putting them in medically induced comas. Because the police and prosecutors can't stick him with anything more than a "mayhem" charge, he is put down as a low priority. Seeing him as a threat, however, a female doctor who treat's the toyer's patients and a newspaper editor team up to try and trap him so that they can get justice.

It has been a long, long time since De Palma made a film that wasn't tenuous, frustrating and convoluted (I would offer cash to someone that can clearly explain what the hell happens in the first Mission: Impossible). Provided that the director calms the fuck down and stops trying to lose the audience around every corner, this might be the project to return him to top director status.

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