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Brian De Palma directing thriller THE KEY MAN

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Brian De Palma is set to direct a new thriller called The Key Man. Deadline reports that De Palma is directing the film based on Joby Harold's script for QED International and Safehouse Pictures. Tom Ortenberg's Open Road Films is handling U.S. distribution. Production is scheduled to star by the end of the year on the film that is said to be a throwback to paranoid 70s movies like Three Days of the Condor and Marathon Man. The story follows "a single father who's targeted by U.S. government agents because his body contains answers to important national secrets."

The Key Man will be produced by Bill Block, Paul Hanson, Tory Tunnell and Harold. Harold recently wrote scripts for Awake, Army of the Dead and All You Need Is Kill. De Palma last directed 2007's Iraq drama Redacted and before that The Black DahliaHe's also responsible for Scarface, The Untouchables, Carrie and Mission: Impossible

I am happy to see De Palma is involved in bringing a new feature film to the big screen. What are your thoughts of this news?

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