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‘Orange’ sequel pulled

Dutch pic flounders on funding questions

AMSTERDAM — The sequel to “Soldier of Orange,” the 25-year-old pic that became a hallmark of the Dutch film biz, has been nixed.

Arteco, the investment company responsible for pooling the funds for the pic under the Dutch tax incentive scheme, has called the project off.

“Soldier of Orange II” was to be made by producer Rob Houwer’s company, Nedfilm. Houwer was behind some of Holland’s most successful films internationally, including “Turkish Delight” (1973), “Katje Tippel” (1975) and “Soldier of Orange” (1977).

The sequel was to be directed by “All Stars”-helmer Jean van de Velde and Houwer was in talks with Rutger Hauer, whose performance in the original “Soldier of Orange” launched his international career, in hopes of bringing him on board. The film about Dutch soldiers during World War II is one of Holland’s top 10 films of all time.

Arteco CEO Marc Noyons said that Nedfilm had signed a prospectus agreement to, among other things, make the film for €12 million ($11 million).

“Nedfilm has now told us they want to make the film for $5.5 million and we have yet to see a completion bond,” Noyans told Daily Variety.

He added: “We represent over 1,000 investors who trust us to deliver on this film. We can’t do it when the terms of the prospectus are not being honored.”

Houwer, who has filed a civil action against Arteco over the withdrawal of the film’s funding, has maintained he has an agreement in principal with an unnamed insurer.

He reportedly has balked at signing a completion bond prior to the start up of production because it would give too much control to the insurer.