Hungarian director Peter Bacso is developing a biopic of Hungarian diva Katalin Karady, with the working title This Great Love I Was Given For You, for local production outfit Megafilm.

Set during World War II in Budapest and the Ukraine, the film will revolve around singer-actress Karady, her lover and her Jewish song-writer. Three well-known Hungarian actors - Eszter Nagy-Kalozy, Gyorgy Cserhalmi and Peter Rudolf, have been lined up to star.

Gabor Kalomista will produce the project with Gabor Garami executive producing. Director of photography is Tamas Andor. Production is scheduled to start at the end of September on location in Hungary.

The $370,000 project is being financed by state organisations including the National Radio and Television Board and the Motion Picture Public Foundation of Hungary and the country's largest production company Mafilm.