Brian De Palma is set to direct The Untouchables: Capone Rising, a prequel to his 1987 hit film about lawman Eliot Ness' takedown of Al Capone. The project is eyeing a June production start. Writing duo Brian Koppelman and David Levien penned the script for Capone Rising, which charts the Chicago mob boss' rise to power and his relationship with police detective and nemesis Jimmy Malone, the character played in the original film by Sean Connery. The film starts on the eve of Capone's arrival, and while Malone wasn't the most corrupt cop, he operated at a time when every cop was on the take. Once he crosses paths with Capone, he sees a level of violence and criminality that causes him to have a moral awakening. The Untouchables was also a 1959-63 TV series starring Robert Stack as Ness. Both the series and the De Palma feature were based on the novel of the same name by Oscar Fraley.
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