Paul Verhoeven to Direct Risqué Supernatural Thriller ETERNAL

     October 14, 2010


Paul Verhoeven is no stranger to making thrillers with a sexual edge, evidenced by Basic Instinct.  This time around, the twist is that the affair is with a ghost, after her lover’s soul. Titled Eternal, the film was developed by Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Verhoeven is on board to direct. Based on a script by David Loughery (Obsessed), Eternal will undergo a rewrite by Richard D’Ovidio (Exit Wounds) with a production target of next summer. Hit the jump for more on the film, including a detailed plot synopsis and what kind of budget to expect.


Deadline provided this logline:

“In Eternal, a married recovering alcoholic helps a woman threatening to jump off the Golden Gate Bridge. They end up in bed, and in a torrid sexual affair. When he gets home, he’s confronted by his wife and a private investigator, with photos spread across a table. He thinks he’s busted, but the photos that should have shown him in the clinches with his mistress instead show him alone, drinking alcohol. He initially questions his own sanity, but progressively figures out that this temptress is a ghost who is after his soul.”


Eternal will be produced by Kimmel (Adventureland), Greene Street Films’ John Penotti (Frozen), A Bigger Boat’s Peter Block (Saw 3D), and Sparkler Entertainment’s Charles Segars (National Treasure).

SKE, under new production head Matt Berenson, intends to create three to five pictures a year with budgets from $10 million to $25 million. I would bet that they would be willing to fork over all $25 million for Verhoeven if he needed it. In addition, I do think the writers seem a bit sketchy, but I trust Verhoeven at the helm so he obviously saw something he liked. Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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