Paul Verhoeven and his regularscriptwriter Gerard Soeteman are pushing ahead again with
"It's a story in the directionof the Bounty but it's much more about the development of a fascist regime," Verhoeven told ScreenDaily.
"That story has alwaysfascinated us. We said if we don't write it now, we will never make it."
The Dutch Film Fund isinvesting in the development of the project, which was first announced in 2002but stalled when the financing fell through. Soetemanis currently midway through writing the screenplay.
When it is complete at theend of the year, Verhoeven and Soetemanwill present it to potential producers.
Verhoeven descibes theEnglish-language feature as "a really difficult big movie," and on a far biggerscale that his current feature, Black Book.
Batavia's Graveyard is one of several projects to which the Dutchauteur is attached.
He is still planning tomake $35m detective story Winter Queen,which he bills as "a combination of Indiana Jones and Sherlock Holmes situatedat the end of the Nineteenth Century in
He is also due to make
Verhoeven said that he expected both projects to be financedin a similar way to Black Book.
"I've felt in the lastfour or five years a need to address the fact that I am European, " Verhoeven commented, "I've made so many American movies ina certain style, with so much science-fiction, that I wanted to get out of itand try to go more in the direction of my earlier work."
$20m Black Book (sold by Content), a thriller set in Holland in thedying days of the Second World War, is now well into production. The film islikely to surface in either