De Palma Still Playing With Toyer

Brian De Palma, who hasn’t made a movie since “Redacted” in 2007, is once again playing with the idea of adapting Gardner McKay’s novel “Toyer” to the big screen, according to Vulture.

De Palma has kicked around this idea for six years, but

This time, we’re told, “Toyer” really is happening, but as an indie financed via producers Tarak Ben Ammar, (who most famously produced Franco Zefferilli’s La Traviata) and the L.A.-based Scott Steindorff. Steindorff has brought heavyweight literature like Philip Roth’s The Human Stain and Gabriel García Márquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera to the screen, and tells Vulture that the film will be shooting in Venice, Italy, late this fall and into the early winter.

“Toyer” is the story of a “serial lunatic”. He’s not a serial killer because he doesn’t kill his victims, he tortures them psychologically, and eventually uses surgical implements to place them into a coma. Reporter Sara Smith and neurologist Maude Garance must team up to stop this sadistic madman.

This sounds like fertile territory for De Palma to explore, full of twists and suspense, so lets hope that this means he will make something less like “Snake Eyes” and more like “Carrie” or “The Fury”.