Brian De Palma Turned Down Hitchcock Biopics

'We should leave the man alone,' director tells MTV News about why he chose not to helm 'Hitchcock' or 'The Girl.'

Director Brian De Palma has always been known for his connections to Alfred Hitchcock and his style, but that doesn't necessarily mean that he's interested in bringing the master of suspense's life to the big screen.

Two films slated to premiere later this year, "Hitchcock" with Anthony Hopkins and "The Girl" with Toby Jones, tell the behind-the-scenes stories of "Psycho" and "The Birds," respectively, and De Palma told MTV News at the Toronto International Film Festival, where his latest film, "Passion," debuted, that he was considered. "They were all sent to me, so I know exactly what they're all about," he said. "I was the top of the list."

De Palma turned down all offers to direct a Hitchcock biopic because he thinks "we should leave the man alone. He's a great master, and these are kind of disturbing views of him and making these movies."

On the other hand, a project that De Palma is interested in directing, a prequel to his 1987 gangster film "The Untouchables," has languished in development, despite a well-written script. "It's quite a good script, but it's owned by Paramount," De Palma said. "We had it together with different casts at different times, but it never seemed to work out. It's still there. I've always been amazed to think about how many scripts are sitting in studio vaults that are actually great scripts, that if anybody would go down and read them, they would be amazed at what's there. There must be tons of them."

"The Untouchables" isn't the only De Palma film that could see a new version. Kimberly Peirce and Chloe Moretz just finished filming a new take on the Stephen King novel "Carrie." De Palma told MTV News that he had spoken with Peirce before production started and that he was excited to see what it becomes.

"I know all about it because I know Kimberly. I met her 12 years ago in Paris when she was doing some publicity for ['Boys Don't Cry]," he said. "She called me up when she was doing the project. We discussed some of the script ideas that she was thinking about and some casting. I basically gave her my blessing. She's a very talented director, and I'm sure she'll come up with something entirely different than what I did."