'Black Book' director signs on to historical drama

Paul Verhoeven will direct historical drama “Hidden Force,” which would be his first movie since 2006’s “Black Book.”

The film is produced by “Black Book” producer San Fu Maltha with Gerard Soeteman writing in cooperation with Verhoeven. Story takes place in 1900 on the island of Java in the Dutch East Indies and is based on the novel by Louis Couperus.

“Hidden Force” was adapted into a Dutch TV series in 1974. Verhoeven, whose family lived in the East Indies (now Indonesia), said in the announcement that he’s always wanted to direct a film about the former Dutch colony.

Verhoeven’s credits include “Basic Instinct,” “Total Recall,” “Robocop” and “Starship Troopers.” Soeteman worked with the director on the Dutch films “Black Book,” “Soldier of Orange,” “The Fourth Man” and “Turkish Delight.”

Maltha also produced “Winter in Wartime” through the Fu Works banner. Upcoming productions of Fu Works are “Amphibious 3D,” “Majesty” and “Tirza.”

“The Hidden Force” is expected to be released in winter 2011.

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