Magazine article Variety

Helmer Joffe Sets Mata Hari TV Series

Magazine article Variety

Helmer Joffe Sets Mata Hari TV Series

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ACCLAIMED BRITISH director, Roland Joffe is currently in Indonesia scouting locations in which to shoot a TV mini series. The fact-based historical series will focus on Mata Hari, the Dutch woman, who was known for her exotic dance routine, notorious lifestyle, and who was executed as a spy a century ago.

The series is conceived as a 6-part mini series that would chronicle her journey from poverty in The Netherlands, a period of self-discovery in Indonesia, and the infamy that followed after her return to Europe.

Production cost is pitched at $3-5 million per episode, depending on cast and loca- tion choices. "The project is in its early stages. But we have a screenplay and a 'production Bible'," Joffe told Variety. "One way to do it would be to attach some initial Indonesian finance, before taking it to possible European co-producers, and an American global platform."

Joffe previously took on Asian subject matter in "The Killing Fields," which won three Oscars in 1985. Two years later his drama "The Mission" won the Palme d'Or in Cannes.

"It is a very international story, and one that is interesting to the #Metoo generation in that it is a woman's back story," Joffe said. "It deals with the outbreak of the First World War, what WWI was really about, and how Mata Hari knew more about it than most people, which was why she was considered, as a spy."

After her financial needs forced Mata Hari to marry a Dutch Army captain, she moved to Indonesia. …

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