Dutch producer Pieter Jan Brugge is to take his career to a new level when he makes his directorial debut with the thriller The Clearing. According to Dutch sources, the story of a rich businessman kidnapped by a former employee will star Robert Redford and the UK's Helen Mirren as his wife.

Brugge, who has frequently worked in the US - his credits include The Insider, The Pelican Brief and George Sluizer's Spoorloos-remake The Vanishing - also wrote the screenplay.

Budget and production details have yet to be confirmed, although filming is expected to begin in September.