Paul Verhoeven may be the only person in the world that thinks “Showgirls” is a great movie. Don’t get me wrong, “Showgirls” is incredible, just not in the way that Verhoeven thinks. It’s more amazing in a bat-shit-crazy-what-the-fuck-were-they-thinking kind of way. Watch it with the David Schmader commentary, you won’t be sorry. Verhoeven truly believes it is misunderstood art. I could listen to him talk about his movies forever.
Now Variety reports that Verhoven, who hasn’t directed a movie since “Black Book” in 2006, will helm the adaptation of “Hidden Force” by Louis Couperus. While the title makes the project seem more in line with his action films like “RoboCop”, “Total Recall”, and “Starship Troopers”, “Hidden Force” is a period drama. The novel was written in 1900, and takes place on Java in the Dutch East Indies. Amazon describes the story as being about “a colonial official who is undone by his willful application of reason to a culture that is steeped in the mystical and irrational.”
The expected release date for “Hidden Force” is winter 2011. It will be Verhoeven’s second film since returning to his native Netherlands after a protracted stint in Hollywood.