Linson producing Paramount prequel

Nicolas Cage is negotiating to star in Brian De Palma’s prequel “The Untouchables: Capone Rising” for Relativity Media and Paramount Pictures.

Art Linson, who produced De Palma’s original “Untouchables,” is producing. All sides stressed that discussions with Cage are ongoing.

Brian Koppelman and David Levien penned the script, which follows Chicago mob boss Al Capone’s rise to power and his relationship with police detective and nemesis Jimmy Malone.

Relativity is helping to finance the $70 million prequel, which Par would distribute domestically. Project is being shopped at Cannes.

Cage, who is in theaters with “Next,” is shooting the Disney sequel “National Treasure: Book of Secrets.”

Cage is repped by CAA.

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