Brian De Palma is returning to the director's chair. Deadline reports that De Palma has signed on to helm The Key Man, a thriller about "a single father who's targeted by U.S. government agents because his body contains answers to important national secrets," which, when you think about it, is a pretty lousy logline. Answers to secrets? What does that even mean?
Anyhoo, the script, written by Joby Harold (Awake), is said to be "a throwback to paranoid 70s movies like Three Days of the Condor and Marathon Man." The Key Man is De Palma's first project since 2007's Redacted, one of several Iraq War-themed message films that proved to be box-office poison in the aughts.
UPDATE: The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed out earlier scoop that both Fey and Streep have signed onto the comedy. Additionally, Tucci is locked as director of Mommy and Me, which will be the fifth film that the Oscar nominated actor has directed.
In what might be today's oddest yet most titillating casting rumor, The Los Angeles Times reports that Emmy winner Tina Fey and Oscar winner Meryl Streep may unite for a new comedy to be directed by Streep's cinematic confidante Stanley Tucci (who worked with the reigning award Queen in 2006's The Devil Wears Prada and last year's Julie and Julia).
According to the publication, the project is tentatively titled Mommy and Me and would see the critically adored actresses playing - well, mother and daughter. Despite not having a script or even contracted writers at the moment, the thought of having Fey and Streep together on screen (an idea that the 30 Rock star has repeatedly stated is a dream of hers) is getting studios very interested. Sony, which is quickly becoming the go-to distributor for female-skewed fare, is reportedly the front-runner to make Fey's dream a reality.
Tucci may or may not co-star in the film, but he will produce along with his Olive Productions partners Steve Buscemi and Wren Arthur. Joby Harold wrote the treatment on which the idea is based and will also likely produce.
I don't think I have to stress how amazing a film with these two Hollywood heavyweights would be. While Fey has worked her way from TV writer to movie star over the last decade, making hit movies like Mean Girls, Baby Mama and Date Night, Streep has spent that time re-defining her career by balancing dramatic works like Doubt with fun films like It's Complicated. They both can sell movie tickets and are both beloved by male and female fans, ensuring that the proposed collaboration will certainly ring up big opening weekend numbers.
Source: The LA Times
Clay Beresford (Hayden Christensen) has it all: wealth power good looks and a gorgeous fiancée Sam (Jessica Alba). Unfortunately he’s also got a weak heart and it’s only a matter of time before circumstances compel him to go under the knife. Although given anesthesia during the operation Clay is still able to feel pain and hear the doctors around him a situation made infinitely worse when he comes to realize that he is the victim of a nefarious conspiracy to bilk him of his fortune. He’s worth much more dead than alive but to whom? Clay’s (semi-)out-of-body experience allows him--and the film--to travel backwards in time as he tries to piece together clues to the conspiracy that now holds him in its power. The medical aspects of the story are dicey at best but the intent of this sort of film is to try and fool the audience with each plot twist. It’s essentially a whodunit in reverse. Awake’s got a great cast with everyone (except Christensen) occupying the role of red herring at one time or another--and clearly having a good time chewing up the scenery. Christensen’s the straight man here a role he fills with a relaxed charisma and a good amount of empathy. Alba looking absolutely dynamite is the sort of fiancée that any red-blooded male would risk a coronary for. If looks could kill Alba would knock ‘em dead--which just might be a hint or still another red herring. The surgical team includes such reliable stalwarts as Terrence Howard Fisher Stevens (also an executive producer of the film) and Christopher McDonald--many of whom have played heavies before all the better to try and fool the viewer. Lena Olin no slouch in the beauty department herself is cast to type as Clay’s over-protective mother. It’s a role she could play in her sleep but Olin’s far too resourceful an actress not to bring a little something extra to the party. Awake marks the feature debut of writer/director Joby Harold who overreaches from time to time with the twists but who’s always in there swinging. Awake may be far-fetched sometimes to the point of absurdity but it’s not a lazy film. Harold also has the added bonus of Oscar-winning cinematographer Russell Carpenter on his team who brings a great visual sense to the film. The hospital scenes filmed at Bellevue are appropriately clammy and creepy--which really lend suspense to the proceedings as silly as they sometimes are. It’ll be interesting to see what Harold next has up his sleeve. Awake is very reminiscent of the B-movies of yesteryear preying on a common fear--in this case surgery--and attempting to milk it to maximum effect. It doesn’t add up to a whole lot but it’s not bad.