French director Alain Corneau made his last film, Crime d’amour (Love Crime), just before he died in 2010 and already Brian De Palma is planning a remake. The original starred Kristen Scott Thomas as a powerful, corporate boss who steals her underling’s (Ludivine Sagnier) ideas and presents them as her own. The psychological thriller explores the competition (and sexual tension) between the two women and what happens when the junior employee becomes fed up and decides to take revenge. Reviews were mixed, with reports that the story lost something the second hour — which may be the reason De Palma finds the story ripe for retelling. It’s certainly right up his alley; I’ll be hoping for something reminiscent of Dressed To Kill or Body Double.
Here’s the trailer for the original, which leaves me hoping De Palma will opt to recast the always stellar, Kristin Scott Thomas:
I know she’s overexposed at the moment, but I’d love to see Carey Mulligan go off the deep end as the underling and playing against Thomas. Variety reports the renamed Passion casting will be announced by May and principal photography will begin August, 2011.