Verhoeven seeks ‘Solace’

Cassavetes, Sapochnik were previously attached

Paul Verhoeven is negotiating to direct “Solace” for New Line Cinema.

Written by Ted Griffin (“Ocean’s Eleven”) and “The Core” producer Sean Bailey, “Solace” centers on a psychic detective tracking a killer who leaves behind no clues while terrorizing New York.

Previously attached to direct were Nick Cassavetes (“John Q”) and British musicvid helmer Miguel Sapochnik. New Line hopes third time’s the charm for the project, which the studio is eager to see in production.

Beau Flynn will produce through Firm Films, with Matthias Emcke producing through Key Entertainment. Tripp Vinson and Thomas Augsberger exec produce with Chris Moore and Bailey. New Line exec VP production Richard Brener is overseeing the project for the studio.

Verhoeven, repped by ICM, most recently directed “Hollow Man” for Columbia Pictures. His credits also include “Total Recall,” “Basic Instinct” and “Robocop.”

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