From a script he wrote, Brian De Palma will direct “Femme Fatale,” a $30 million to $35 million pic to be financed by Tarak Ben Ammar’s Paris-based production company Quinta, along with the German, Italian and Spanish shingle Epsilon.
Contingent on casting, lensing is expected to begin in late November in France. De Palma and producer Ben Ammar are in talks with Uma Thurman, among others, to play the lead. Discussions have also begun for the other roles.
A contemporary noir thriller, “Femme” centers on a woman who tries to straighten out her life, only to have her past come back to haunt her.
Since 1995, Ben Ammar has overseen media investments on behalf of Prince Alwaleed’s Kingdom Holding Company. These investments include News Corp. and Disneyland Paris.
Ben Ammar began his career as a film producer in north Africa, where he built the first film studio in that country.
Epsilon also provided financing for Robert Redford’s “The Legend of Bagger Vance.” De Palma last directed “Mission to Mars” for Disney and producer Tom Jacobson.
De Palma and Thurman are repped by CAA. Deal with Quinta and Epsilon was brokered by CAA’s John Ptak.