Paul Verhoeven Gearing Up to Shoot TV Adaptation of ‘Bel Ami’ Next Summer

By Goodfellow, Melanie | Screen International, May 11, 2020 | Go to article overview

Paul Verhoeven Gearing Up to Shoot TV Adaptation of ‘Bel Ami’ Next Summer


Goodfellow, Melanie, Screen International


Verhoeven unites with long-time collaborator Gerard Soeteman on contemporary adaptation.

Dutch director Paul Verhoeven is gearing up to shoot a contemporary, French-language TV adaptation of Guy de Maupassant’s 19th century classic Bel Ami next summer, Paris-based producer Saïd Ben Saïd of SBS Productions has announced.

Set against the backdrop of the newspaper world in Paris in the late 19th Century, the original storyline revolves around the rise of unscrupulous, philandering journalist Georges Duroy.

“The shoot is scheduled for the summer of 2021. It’s a SBS Production and it will be the first series that we are going to produce. Casting has not begun yet,” Ben Saïd confirmed to Screen after announcing progress on the production on twitter.

SBS’s recent feature film credits include Berlinale 2019 Golden Bear winner Synonyms and Cannes 2019 titles Bacurau and Frankie.

It will be Ben Said’s third collaboration with Verhoeven after his 2016 thriller Elle, starring Isabelle Huppert, and his upcoming film Benedetta starring Virginie Efira as a controversial 17th Century Italian nun.

Verhoeven enjoyed a triumphant Cannes comeback with Elle in 2016 after a 24-year absence.

As a result, expectations were high this year that Benedetta would premiere at 73rd Cannes Film Festival, which had been due to open on Tuesday (May 12) until the Covid-19 pandemic forced its cancellation. …

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