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Brian De Palma circling serial killer thriller “Toyer”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: I love the fact that on Alfred Hitchcock’s birthday, and on Friday the 13th no less, we have news that noted Hitchcock enthusiast Brian De Palma might be working again … and soon.

De Palma last tested audiences with the critically panned “Redacted” in 2007, but was coming off – I thought – a very strong effort with the L.A. crime noir “The Black Dahlia.” Now the director reportedly is circling a project that has interested him for years: an adaptation of Gardner McKay’s “Toyer,” according to Vulture.

Amazon says McKay’s “gory” debut novel follows a serial killer who prefers to trap and “toy” with his victims rather than kill them. A neurologist and a female newspaper reporter join forces and try to flush the demon out of hiding.

Instead of L.A., however, Vulture is reporting that De Palma “plans to set the mayhem against Venice’s famous Carnevale di Venezia, for which elaborate masks disguising one’s identity are traditionally worn on the street.” Producer Scott Steindorff likens the script to De Palma’s “Carrie” and “Blow Out.”

Better than “Mission to Mars.”

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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