http://www.empireonline.co.uk/site/news/newsstory.asp?news_id=16908 Director returns to helm Capone Rising 28 June 2005 If theres one thing Hollywood loves right now, its a prequel. After all, recently weve had Anakin Skywalkers descent to the Dark Side, Batman slapping on his crusading cape for the first time and later in the year well see Jay Hernandez try to fill Al Pacinos shoes in Carlitos Way: The Beginning. That movie is, of course, a Brian De Palma-free prequel to a Brian De Palma film something that producer Art Linson is obviously keen to rectify with his latest project, The Untouchables: Capone Rising, a prequel to well, go on, have a guess. For today De Palma, the grand virtuoso of Hitchcockian setpieces, signed on to direct the flick, which will focus on the rise to prominence in the Chicago underworld of one Al Capone (played in the 1986 original by Robert De Niro), and his early clashes with worldly-wise beat cop, Jimmy Malone (the role that bagged Sean Connery an Oscar). At first, the idea of an Untouchables prequel looks like, well if not exactly bad, but certainly unnecessary. By all means, make a movie about a young Al Capone who, after all, is a fascinating and complex individual. But theres surely no need to try to tie it in, however tenuously, to a 19 year-old movie, especially when it seems that Eliot Ness the man who forms The Untouchables, for heavens sake wont figure in the story. Connerys Malone was simply a beat cop who knew his way around Chicago putting him in direct conflict with Capone smells of plot contrivance. Still, were putting our scepticism to one side, now that De Palma has signed on to replace Antoine Fuqua in the directors chair. If anyone can capture the stylistic verve and bloody gusto of the original, its De Palma, for whom The Untouchables is one of his most successful movies. True, the 65 year-old founding member of the Movie Brats has had a patchy run of late, but lets hope the De Palma of Carrie, Untouchables and Mission: Impossible form turns up, rather than the guy who directed Mission To Mars and Femme Fatale. No word on casting yet. Meanwhile, De Palma has just finished work on the James Ellroy adaptation, The Black Dahlia, starring Josh Hartnett and Scarlett Johannson, with another movie horror movie, Toyer, to star Colin Firth in the works. As ever, stay tuned for more news on those flicks and the Untouchables prequel.