Finally, Paul Verhoeven, who signed the Benedetta movie that was postponed to 2021 due to the epidemic, will direct the Bel Ami series that will be adapted from Guy de Maupassant’s classic novel.

Paul Verhoeven, who has been away from the world of cinema for a while after his last movie, Elle, was expected to appear with cinema lovers this year with his new movie Benedetta. Focusing on a nun struggling with erotic and religious delusions in the 17th century, the film was planned to make the world premiere at the 73rd Cannes Film Festival and compete for the Golden Palm here. However, these plans were interrupted due to the coronavirus outbreak. While the 73rd Cannes Film Festival was delayed due to the epidemic, Verhoeven’s highly anticipated film was postponed to 2021. The fact that the movie was postponed for a full year showed that Benedetta would most likely be taking part in the Main Competition in Cannes next year.

Although the master took a four-year break between director Elle and Benedetta, it seems that she will act much faster to move on to her next project. Saïd Ben Saïd, who is one of the producers of both Elle and Benedetta, announced the new project of Verhoeven with his share on Twitter yesterday. The master director will direct the series adaptation of Guy de Maupassant’s classic novel Bel Ami. Verhoeven, who will manage all the episodes of the series consisting of eight episodes, will also be involved in the project as the showrunner.

Paul Verhoeven to Manage All Episodes of the Bel Ami Series
Each episode of the series written by Gerard Soeteman, who previously worked with Verhoeven in the Black Book – Zwartboek movie, will be approximately 52 minutes and will be shot in French.

Guy de Maupassant’s classic novel tells the story of journalist Georges Duroy, which has risen rapidly in social circles and has become one of the most powerful people in France. Guy de Maupassant’s classic novel has been adapted to the screen many times before. The last adaptation of Bel Ami was the 2012 film, starring Robert Pattinson.

It remains unclear for now when Verhoeven will publish this production, which will return to the television world years later, and on which channel or digital platform.


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