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Reply #15 on: May 06, 2014, 09:33:17 AM
The untitled Paul Verhoeven project is an adaptation of French writer Philippe Djian’s 2012 novel Oh!, revolving around a psychological game of cat-and-mouse between a businesswoman and a stalker who raped her, a crime for which she is seeking revenge.

“Casting is being finalised. It’s a very intelligent script but it’s also pure Verhoeven, extremely erotic and perverted, so the actress has to be prepared to take that on,” said Wild Bunch co-chief Vincent Maraval.
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Reply #16 on: April 26, 2017, 02:58:38 PM
Paul Verhoeven To Reunite With ‘Elle’ Star For Lesbian Nun Drama ‘Blessed Virgin’
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The film’s an adaptation of Judith C. Brown’s academic book “Immodest Acts: The Life Of A Lesbian Nun In Renaissance Italy,” about 17th-century abbess Benedetta Carlini, who became a notable figure in the Church after having religious visions and even stigmata, only to suffer a downfall after her claims of miracles were revealed to be fakes, and her affairs with other nuns came to light. Belgian actress Virginie Efira, who played the wife of Huppert’s neighbor in “Elle,” will take on the lead role.


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Reply #17 on: May 11, 2020, 02:05:41 PM
Paul Verhoeven Reportedly Directing A TV Series Based On The Classic French Novel, ‘Bel Ami’
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Fresh off the news that Paul Verhoeven’s new film, “Benedetta,” is skipping the film festivals in 2020 for a May 2021 release date, due to the COVID-19 pandemic canceling the Cannes Film Festival, it appears that the filmmaker is already lining up his next project, an adaptation of the classic novel “Bel Ami,” which will bring him back to the world of TV.

Producer Saïd Ben Saïd announced the news on Twitter, writing, “Paul Verhoeven is set to take on a series adaptation of the classic French novel « Bel Ami ». He will serve as a showrunner and direct the entire series (8 episodes) in French language. Gerard Soeteman (Black book, flesh and blood, Spetters, etc) has written the 8 episodes.” He further explained in another tweet that each episode of the series will clock in around 52 minutes.

And though this isn’t coming from Verhoeven or a trade outlet, Saïd Ben Saïd would likely be someone who definitely knows what’s going on with the filmmaker, as they have collaborated on numerous films, including the upcoming drama “Benedetta.”

“Bel Ami” is based on the novel by French author Guy de Maupassant. The book tells the story of journalist Georges Duroy’s rise to power from a French soldier in the African colonies in the 19th century to one of the most powerful men in Paris.

Verhoeven isn’t a stranger to TV productions, having helmed a few in his career, but “Bel Ami” would be the first series for the filmmaker for decades, dating back to an episode of “Deadly Nightmares” in 1986. More recently, Verhoeven has worked on films such as “Elle” and “Tricked.”

“Bel Ami” has been adapted numerous times into films and TV series. The most recent attempt was in 2012 with a film starring Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Christina Ricci.

It’s unclear when we might see “Bel Ami” arrive on TV screens, or even what platform or network will distribute the series.