Paul Verhoeven Directing Baby Mama Thriller Surrogate
by Alex Billington
May 29, 2009
Not to be confused with the Bruce Willis sci-fi thriller Surrogates, Dutch director Paul Verhoeven is returning to America to direct a thriller called The Surrogate for 20th Century Fox. Based on the book by Kathryn Mackel, the story centers on a couple desperate to have a child who find themselves in an unbearable position when they find out the surrogate they hired to carry their baby is insane. The original draft was written Roderick Taylor and Bruce Taylor (The Brave One), however Verhoeven might tweak their version. This was originally setup at Fox Atomic, but moved to Fox when that company was shut down.
Verhoeven last directed the Dutch WWII drama Black Book in 2006, but hasn't done anything for Hollywood since directing Hollow Man in 2000. Verhoeven is always all over the map, so I can never say whether anything will be that good just because he's attached to it, although I usually do like most of his work. In its original iteration, The Surrogate had an actor named Haytham Kandil attached to play the "surrogate," but we're not sure if that literally meant he was going to be the mother or involved in another role (like an older version of the kid). Either way, he's probably no longer involved anymore. Thoughts?