The great schlock-master Paul Verhoeven has finally gotten another project off the ground post 2006’s well-received Black Book. Per Badass Digest, the new film will not be The Surrogate – the rumored Halle Berry centric evil surrogate mother flick – but instead The Student, a new Halle Berry centric ‘younger student has an affair with older married woman’ type flick. This seems like familiar terrain for the Dutch auteur Verhoeven having so memorably explored the potentially lethal side effects of affairs in Basic Instinct and the under-seen The Fourth Man. Hit the jump for more Verhoeven love.
Any new Verhoeven is fine with me. I sort of view Verhoeven as the 90’s answer to Douglas Sirk. In the 50’s, Sirk made a string of seemingly run of the mill Hollywood melodramas, but subtextually these films (namely All that Heaven Allows, Imitation of Life and Written on the Wind) doubled as explorations of class, race, identity and homosexuality. Much in the same way, Verhoeven, during the late 80s, early 90s – made a string of seemingly by the numbers Hollywood action films (namely Total Recall, Robocop and Starship Troopers) that doubled as explorations of identity, class, fascism and consumerism. In this way Sirk and Verhoeven are the golden standard of Hollywood filmmakers – at once both conforming to the system while simultaneously undermining it. It’s about damn time Verhoeven made another film.