Friday, January 13, 2006

Sequel to "The Untouchables"

Anyone who knows me knows that 1987's "The Untouchables" starring Sean Connery, Robert DeNiro and Kevin Costner is one of my favorite movies. So, I'm kind of excited to bring you this news of a sequel to "The Untouchables." Now, you're asking yourselves -- how can there be a sequel? Eliot Ness got Al Capone on tax evasion and Capone went to prison. End of story. Well, that IS the end of the Capone chapter in Ness' life, but what you probably don't know is what happened to Ness AFTER he cleaned up Chicago and, as Kevin Costner said at the end of the movie, went and had a drink when Prohibition was lifted. This next chapter is told in the upcoming film "Torso."

Torso tells the true story of Eliot Ness' career after cleaning up Chicago and putting away Al Capone. A national celebrity and idolized federal agent, Ness leaves the Windy City for Cleveland, where his career takes an unfortunate downturn. Though Ness swears to clean up Cleveland, he finds himself humbled by a serial killer responsible for the "torso murders."
Based on a graphic novel written by Brian Michael Bendis and Marc Andrey-ko, it tells the true but relatively unknown story of Treasury Department agent Eliot Ness' time after his Al Capone days, when he moved to Cleveland to be the city's public safety officer. Torsos began appearing in the river, and Ness began receiving notes taunting him to catch the killer. Ness, who had no experience in police work, put together a team of ex-officers to apprehend the serial murderer. Ehren Kruger (“The Ring”) will pen the film.
Given the film is set in Ness' later years and Costner's recent resurgence in the eyes of the critics, I'd love to see them make this a true sequel and get Costner to reprise the role.

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