Paul Verhoeven to direct ghostly Eternal

Ghost stories get sexy

Paul Verhoeven

Paul Verhoeven, the director of Basic Instinct, Total Recall and, uh, Showgirls, is returning to saucy, provocative material with new film Eternal.

Bringing a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘til death do us part’, the script follows a married man who has a sexual affair with a woman who turns out to be a ghost, and is apparently after his immortal soul.

The concept certainly seems to push all of Verhoeven’s buttons, with Eternal’s male lead apparently a recovering alcoholic whose sanity is questioned by the sudden appearance of a striking, dangerous young woman. Yep, it’s got Basic Instinct written all over it in smeared lipstick.

Originally scripted by David Loughery, who also wrote infidelity drama Obsessed, Eternal will get a re-draft courtesy of Exit Wounds’ Richard D’Ovidio, and should have a budget of between $10-25m.

Now where's Sharon Stone when you need her?

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