The dream team that gave us 'Robocop' and 'Starship Troopers' are reuniting for a new movie.
Legendary Dutch director Paul Verhoeven - currently courting controversy for his new movie 'Bendetta' - is teaming up with screenwriter Edward Neumeier for a political thriller titled 'Young Sinner'.
However, don't expect science fiction thrills and spills with this new film.
Verhoeven's other famous hit is 1992's 'Basic Instinct', and 'Young Sinner' appears to be Verhoeven dipping his toe into the thriller pool once more.
According to Neumeier, 'Young Sinner' is a political thriller set in Washington, D.C and sees "our heroine, a young staffer who works for a powerful Senator, is drawn into a web of international intrigue and danger, and of course, there is also a little sex.”
“I really think that what Neumeier and I, at this moment, want to do with this script will be an innovative version of movies like 'Fatal Attraction and Basic Instinct', Verhoeven said.
Verhoeven says he has been looking for this type of film for “the last 10-15 years" and compared his new film to his own film 'Black Book'.
'Black Book was a little bit like that already, and even 'Elle' because that’s also some kind of thriller.”
'Elle' ended up securing a Best Actress nomination at the 2017 Oscars for its star Isabelle Hupert, and garnered some of the best reviews of Verhoeven's career.
True to form, Verhoeven says this new film is "something bigger" than his previous two, more subdued (by Verhoeven's standards) films.
“This film would be more explosive, and more open-minded to a big audience,” Verhoeven says.
Neumier said he has been consulting with a former intelligence officer, Ron Marks, "who is trying to keep us real about Capitol Hill and the spy business, but satire always seems to emerge when Paul and I work together, so I expect our new adventure will have a light tone".
Verhoven's films are characterised by graphic violence, sexual themes and a dose of social satire, so the Dutchman returning to the erotic thriller fold has us very excited indeed.