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Paul Verhoeven to direct new Kurt Wallander film set in USA
Posted 2004-01-14, updated 2004-01-15
Paul Verhoeven is set to direct an English language film adaptation of Henning Mankell's One Step Behind. From various posting and news bits on the Internet, it seems likely that the film will be set in the US state of Maine rather than Sweden. The Swedish newspaper Expressen seems to suggest that American actor Brian Dennehy is being considered for the part of Kurt Wallander.

The following story appears on the Yahoo! News site from The Hollywood Reporter.

  Verhoeven Falls in 'Step' with Crime Thriller
Sun Jan 11, 8:26 PM ET
By Scott Roxborough

COLOGNE, Germany (Hollywood Reporter) - Dutch director Paul Verhoeven has signed on to shoot his first film since the 2000 sci-fi actioner "Hollow Man," a dark thriller called "One Step Behind."

Based on a book by Swedish writer Henning Mankel, the story focuses on the mysterious killings of three college girls and features dyspeptic police inspector Kurt Wallander, a regular in Mankel's thrillers.

Although largely unknown in the English-speaking world, Mankel's novels are best sellers across Europe, and a number of his books have been made into films and miniseries. "One Step Behind" will be the first English-language adaptation of his work.

Germany's Constantin Film Produktion acquired the rights to "One Step Behind" two years ago and approached Verhoeven, who has a development deal with the Munich-based production house.

The project reteams Verhoeven with screenwriter Gerard Soeteman, who wrote many of the director's earlier Dutch films, including "Soldier of Orange," "Spetters" and "Turkish Delight." He is still working on the script, which shifts the action from Sweden to the United States.

Constantin production head Martin Moszkowicz said principal photography is expected to start in Maine late this year or early next year. Casting has not yet begun.

Verhoeven's other credits include "Starship Troopers," "Showgirls," "Robocop," "Basic Instinct" and "Total Recall."

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

 

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