Dutch star Rutger Hauer is to make hisdirectorial debut feature with ChangingFortunes, a drama set in occupied
Hauer is also in line to play a part in the film, based onthe true story of Walraven (Wally) van Hall, anunassuming banker who created an ingenious funding scheme to support tens ofthousands of people - irrespective of race, creed or political leaning - inNazi-occupied
The film, scripted by AnniePerkins and Russ Haan, is being produced by Alba's EdCrozier. The casting director is Jeremy Zimmerman.Pre-production is due to begin in early 2007.
For Hauer,this may seem like a return to the
"It's important tounderstand that Changing Fortunes isnot a WWII story; it just happens to be set in that time," the actor turneddirector commented. "This film is a testament to how an individual can trulychange the world for the better, and shows the sacrifices that a person isprepared to make to realize such a change."
Alba Film Production was setup three years ago. Among other projects it has in development include a remakeof old Ealing comedy classic, Whisky Galore, which GilliesMackinnon is attached to direct. This will shoot in
Crozier approached Hauer to directChanging Fortunes after seeing Hauer's 2001 short TheRoom.