AFM: Brian De Palma to Direct Action Thriller 'Lights Out'

The film will follow the story of a blind Chinese girl and her involvement in a secret assassination program.

Brian De Palma is heading back to the director's chair for the action thriller Lights Out.

The film follows the story of a blind Chinese girl who is caught in a plot to expose a secret assassination program.

Lights Out will be the first project for the joint venture between Arclight Films and Huace Media Group, with Archlight Films handling international sales.

“We’re excited and honored to be working with one of the great living film directors, Brian De Palma, on Lights Out,” said Ying Ye, managing director of Aurora Alliance Films. “De Palma is a proven master of suspense; in the hands of the legendary director, Lights Out promises to be a thriller for the ages, full of empowering messages, harrowing plot turns and great action sequences.”

Ye will produce the feature, alongside Jon Chieuw, Gary Hamilton, Mike Gabrawy, Elliot Tong, Jennifer Weiss and Simone Urdl. The screenplay was penned by Lamont Magee and Jeff W. Byrd.

De Palma's genre-spanning work has included Carrie, Scarface, The Untouchables and Mission: Impossible.

De Palma, a documentary looking at the director's forty-year career by filmmakers Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow, screened at the 2015 Venice International Film Festival and was later acquired by A24. Also at the festival, De Palma received the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker award.

His last directorial feat was 2012's Passion, starring Rachel McAdams.

The director is represented by ICM.