'Basic Instinct' writer focuses on Mexican icon

“Basic Instinct” and “Showgirls” scribe Joe Eszterhas is turning his attention to a different kind of woman: the Virgin of Guadalupe.

He’ll pen a script about the 16th century Mexican icon for Mpower Pictures.

In a statement, Eszterhas called the project “a labor of love.”

The Hungarian native exited the film biz in the late ’90s after a successful and controversial run, which included big paychecks and plenty of Razzie awards.

In 2001, he moved his family to Ohio and had surgery for throat cancer. He’s since written a number of books, including last year’s “Crossbearer: A Memoir of Faith.”

Eszterhas returned to film with 2006′s “Children of Glory,” a Hungarian project that he co-wrote.

Mpower, launched in 2007 by producer Stephen McEveety, is focused on inspirational films. It has backed pics such as 2006′s Toronto audience prize winner “Bella” and current release “The Stoning of Soraya M.,” with Shohreh Aghdashloo and Jim Caviezel. Company is in post on family pic “Snowmen,” starring Ray Liotta and Christopher Lloyd.

McEveety spent many years at Mel Gibson’s shingle Icon, earning producer credits on pics including “The Passion of the Christ” and “We Were Soldiers.”

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