De Palma to make Untouchables prequel
The Untouchables: Capone Rising will, as the name suggests, chart the rise to prominence of Al Capone in the Chicago mobster world, as he pits himself against policeman Jimmy Malone.
The original film featured Robert De Niro in the role of Capone, with Sean Connery playing Malone, a performance for which he won the best supporting actor Oscar.
No casting news has been released yet, but it is understood the role of Eliot Ness, which was played by Kevin Costner in the original, will not be reprised in the new script.
The Untouchables: Capone Rising will see the continuation of the current trend in Hollywood for prequels, after the recent success of the Star Wars movies and Batman Begins.
Since The Untouchables, De Palma has directed films such as Carlito's Way, Mission: Impossible and Snake Eyes.
In addition, he has just finished filming The Black Dahlia, which will star Josh Hartnett and Scarlett Johannson.