There has been rumours for a few years now that "The Forgotten Soldier by Guy Sajer is about to be turned into a movie. Director Paul Verhoeven (RoboCop, Total Recall, Starship Troopers, Soldier of Orange, Black Book, etc) will be the director. Considering that East Front movies from a German perspective aren't thick on the ground (which one was the latest? "Stalingrad" 1993?), this is something to look forward to.
Verhoeven attached to direct The Forgotten Soldier
Mike Goodridge in Los Angeles
21 Jul 2008 06:00
Paul Verhoeven, whose last film Black Book was one of his most acclaimed in years, has become attached to another World War II story The Forgotten Soldier based on the memoir by Guy Sajer.
The story follows Sajer's harrowing experiences as a teenager as a French recruit in the German army on the eastern front during the war.
Michael Frost Beckner, whose writing credits include Spy Game, has written the screenplay for the project and will produce alongside his brother John Beckner and Verhoeven. The producers plan to shoot in 2009 on location in eastern Europe.
Financing and worldwide distribution is being arranged by LA-based executive producer Thomas Augsberger of Eden Rock Media.
The novel is a French classic and was recently cited as one of prime minister Nicholas Sarkozy's favourite books. Sajer, who is still alive, has never optioned the rights to the book despite strong interest, but is said to have been won over by Verhoeven.
Verhoeven has been attached to several other projects since Black Book including The Thomas Crown Affair 2 for MGM, a film of Pete Dexter's novel The
Paperboy which Jan De Bont is to produce, Tsarist crime romp The Winter Queen aka Azazel which has Milla Jovovich attached to star and a Dutch-language
adaptation of Jan Siebelink's biography Kneeling On A Bed Of Violets.