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Paul Verhoeven makes his Hollywood comeback with The Surrogate

Dutch filmmaker Paul Verhoeven whose credits include Total Recall, Showgirls and Starship Troopers will make his Hollywood comeback with thriller The Surrogate.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Dutch filmmaker is attached to develop and direct the 20th Century Fox movie. An adaptation of Kathryn Mackel’s 2004 novel, the story revolves around a couple who discover that the woman they have paid to carry their baby is insane.

Roderick Taylor and Bruce Taylor penned the script, while X-Men’s Ralph Winter will serve as producer.

Paul Verhoeven has not made a film in the US since 2000’s Hollow Man. His last movie, the well-received Black Book, was produced in the Netherlands and Germany.

Paul Verhoeven graduated from the University of Leiden with a degree in math and physics. He entered the Royal Netherlands Navy, where he began his film career by making documentaries for the Navy and later for TV. In 1969 he directed the popular Dutch TV series “Floris” (1969), about a medieval knight. This featured actor Rutger Hauer who has appeared in many of Verhoeven’s later films.

His first US film was _Flesh & Blood, but it was RoboCop (1987) and especially Total Recall (1990) that made him a big box office success.

Sometimes accused of portraying excessive violence in his films, Verhoeven replies that he is only recording the violence of society. Verhoeven has co-scripted two of his films: Soldaat van Oranje (1977) and _Flesh & Blood (1985)_. He also directed an episode of the HBO “The Hitchhiker” (1983) TV series. Several of his films have been photographed by Jost Vacano including the hit cult film Starship Troopers (1997) starring Casper Van Dien.