From Carrie to Scarface, The Untouchables and Carlito’s Way, director/writer Brian De Palma has been behind some of the great films of the last three decades. Hence, it’s great news to hear that he is gearing up for Passion, his adaptation of the French crime thriller Crime d’Amour (2010), with Noomi Rapace already on board for one of the two female lead roles. Anne Thompson now reports that Rachel McAdams is in talks to join her Sherlock Holmes – A Game of Shadows co-star in the remake.
In the original film directed by Alain Corneau, Kristin Scott Thomas plays Christine, a ruthless executive who enjoys toying with her seemingly innocent assistant, Isabelle (Ludivine Sagnier). But when Christine passes one of her assistant’s idea as her own, she underestimates Isabelle’s ambition and cunning — and the ground is set for all out war.
I would venture that Ms. McAdams will take on Ludivine Sagnier’s character while Ms. Rapace would play Kristin Scott Thomas’ character. This certainly sounds like a very promising collaboration because this is right in De Palma’s wheelhouse, who is set to both write and direct the film. The director talked about why he’s interested in the project:
Not since Dressed to Kill have I had a chance to combine eroticism, suspense, mystery and murder into one spell-binding cinematic experience. I can’t wait.
You can check out the trailer for the French original below but combine De Palma’s masterful command of narrative suspense with this dark, twisted thriller and this could be something to keep an eye on.
Shooting is set to begin on March 5th in Berlin, with a budget of $20 million.