New De Palma thriller
Brian De Palma plans to bring to life a long gestated project, Toyer, a film that was first talked about around six years ago. The thriller had an interesting concept to begin with, but now that word of the film has resurfaced it sounds even better.
This version has a strong push behind it with a change of producers, as an independent film, as well as location and it all sounds rather interesting.
It was six years ago that the news arrived that Brian De Palma was going to be making Toyer, a film adapted from the novel by Gardner McKay (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com) which followed a serial criminal who kidnapped women and psychologically tortures them before placing them in a medically induced coma.
The police and the District Attorney can't charge the person responsible for the crimes with murder, so it gets buried underneath the weight of more important and media sensitive cases. That's when a female neurologist who is treating the victims of the Toyer teams up with a newspaper editor to try and draw the person out into the open.
Six years ago the film was announced and nothing more was heard, until the story in N.Y. Magazine through JoBlo tells us that the film has resurfaced and that the film is now in the hands of the producers Tarak Ben Ammar and Scott Steindorff who between them have delivered some big films. Not only that but the film is being transported to Venice and will take place during the Carnevale di Venezia.
Now that suits the story really well, for the time from St. Stephen's Day until the start of the Venetian Carnival masks are traditionally worn out on the streets, disguising who people really are.
The film sounds an interesting project for Brian De Palma, and the producers are promising it contains the elements of some of his strongest thrillers such as Blow Out, one can only hope, but the story sounds like it could be well suited to De Palma.